COVID Community Update — November 11, 2020

Dear St. Catherine Community,

With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise across the state, it’s not surprising that we are feeling the virus’ impact on campus as well. We remain committed to the health and safety of our campus community, revising policies and protocols as needed based on current case data and public health guidance. Thank you for your ongoing partnership as we navigate these challenging times.

 

On-Campus Saliva Testing

As we approach Thanksgiving, we are encouraging the campus community to get tested for COVID-19 before leaving for break. This will help slow the spread of the virus by identifying asymptomatic cases before people travel or gather for the holiday.

To help accomplish this, St. Kate’s will offer free, on-campus saliva testing to faculty, staff, and students beginning November 16. Testing details will be available soon, so watch your email.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) also has a list of testing locations on their website, along with information about upcoming community testing events and saliva testing sites

 

Holiday Gathering Best Practices

With Thanksgiving just two weeks away and the winter holidays just around the corner, please be sure to review the latest recommendations and guidance for keeping yourself and others safe if you travel and/or gather for celebrations. 

MDH: Safe Holiday Celebrations during COVID-19

CDC: Holiday Celebrations

 

Study Room Availability

Need a place to study on campus between classes, or a change of scenery as you spend more time indoors? Don’t forget that there are study rooms available by reservation in CdC, Whitby, and the Library. 

 

J-Term and Spring Semester Course Formats

Courses for J-term and spring semester will align with the same tier designations that are being used this fall. Tier One and Tier Two will meet face-to-face, and some TRW courses will be hybrid.

 

New Off-Campus Community Resource

WellShare International has established a new COVID-19 hotline to provide support for COVID-19, housing assistance, food resources, and more. Representatives are available for conversations in Oromo, Somali, and Spanish. More information can be found here.

 

Now, more than ever, we must remain diligent in our efforts to protect our community. Wear your mask, keep your distance, wash your hands, and stay home if you have any symptoms. 

 

Sincerely,

Safely Returning to Campus Committee Co-Chairs
Amy Kelly, MD, MPH, Director, Health and Wellness Clinic
Ann Garvey, Interim Assistant Provost for Student Affairs
Pat Pratt-Cook, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Equity and Inclusion
Lynda Szymanski, PhD, Associate Provost