We are committed to the health and safety of our community, and to providing up-to-date information about COVID-19’s impact on our campus. This week, COVID-19 cases have been identified within the St. Kate’s community, with some of those impacted living on campus. The following message details the proactive and conservative approach we are taking to mitigating any further spread.
In the past week, the University has had 11 new positive COVID-19 tests — 10 students and one employee. The exposure for five of the students can be traced back to two separate, student-initiated social interactions, and three of these cases have been from residents of one residence hall floor.
Out of an abundance of caution and after consultation with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), we will be requiring all members of the residence hall floor that had the three positive cases to quarantine for the next seven (7) days. This quarantine period was calculated based on established guidelines from the date of last possible exposure.
The Health and Wellness Clinic will provide testing for the quarantining residents, and our COVID Management and Support Team is providing individual follow up and ongoing support throughout this time for these students.
The St. Kate’s Contact Tracing Team has also been working diligently to identify and follow up with any close contacts of the 11 new positive cases. All of those who have tested positive are in isolation off campus, per our health best practices and protocol.