Emergency Preparedness: COVID-19

Bring Huskies Home - Wash Your Hands | Wear a Mask | Social Distance

Campus Safety Status 11/20

Dear Campus Community,

This week illustrates the ever-changing conditions presented by COVID-19. It began with a call to action for Minnesotans to mitigate an accelerated rate of community spread of COVID cases in our state and across the country. On Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, we emailed our campus community announcing a heightened level of campus safety — moving from the safety level of Scenario 2-Yellow to Scenario 3-Orange. We asked students and staff to hunker down and not travel for Thanksgiving and made arrangements for our on-campus students to stay in their residence hall over the Thanksgiving break. 

We held a campus wide testing event to Know B4 You Go or Gather, coming together as a community to distribute and oversee the administration of more than 600 saliva tests. This was an amazing effort that was quickly planned and implemented as a result of our communication and coordination with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Later that evening, we heard from Gov. Tim Walz as he introduced Executive Order 20-99 — a strategy to “dial-back” on social gatherings, and restrict services in bars and restaurants, and fitness facilities and gyms for four weeks.  

At this time, St. Cloud State University’s operations are aligned with statewide efforts to dial back on certain activities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Our campus will remain open, and draw on MDH guidelines that were introduced to institutions of higher education on  Nov. 18, 2020. Colleges and universities will be operating at the newly introduced Scenario 4 safety level for the “dial back” period of the executive order.

In accordance with Executive Order 20-99, and in consultation with MDH and Minnesota State, we will lay low for the four week period beginning Friday, Nov. 20 at 11:59 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 18 at 11:59 p.m. 

Highlighted below are some changes to campus operations effective Friday, Nov. 20  at 11:59 p.m. We will continue to update the campus community with future changes:

  • Meetings, including all student organization/club meetings, will be scaled back in terms of attendance, frequency of meetings, and moved to virtual wherever possible. 
  • Residential Life staff will be informing students residing on campus of changes in safety protocols in residence halls. 
  • In-person extracurricular events and activities of any size will be postponed or canceled.
  • Atwood will close nightly at 10 p.m. The bowling alley and billiard room will be closed. 
  • Campus Recreation programs will be paused, including group exercise classes, intramurals, club sports, open recreation as the Fitness Center, Field House, Husky Dome, and Halenbeck Pool will be closed to the public, students, staff, and faculty.  
  • Third party rentals in Atwood, Halenbeck Hall and the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center will be canceled.
  • Consistent with the NCHC and WCHA return to play policies, Men’s and Women’s Hockey are continuing their testing protocols in preparation for competition in the coming weeks. Huskies Athletics will take a brief pause in its NCAA Division II sports to assess the updated MDH guidelines and adjust as appropriate based upon playing season and on-going Northern Sun conference discussions.

Operations not impacted

  • The Library will remain open with computer labs and meeting rooms for studying. Students should adhere to posted room capacities, wear a mask while studying in groups, and follow requirements for using computer labs. 
  • Student support offices will remain open during their normal business hours.


Academic Instruction

  • Students should monitor email, D2L, and faculty messages for information on any changes to courses with face-to-face activities. Students with questions should reach out to faculty, or seek further assistance through department chairs and/or a student relations director.  
  • If students travel home for the holiday and all their classes are online, we strongly suggest that they stay and complete the semester from home. 
  • Students returning to campus after Thanksgiving, should lay low and seek testing 5-7 days after their arriving back on campus. Testing is available at River’s Edge Convention Center and other area locations. 

As we mitigate the spread of COVID-19, please continue to monitor your email for updates. The Bring Huskies Home website is being revised with immediate and archived access to campus alerts and other important information. 

We thank you for your patience and continued support as we all work together to protect the pack.

Go Huskies!

The Bring Huskies Home Team

Dr. Dan Gregory
Dr. Kathryn Kloby
Dr. Brent Nielsen
Clare Rahm
Tressa Ries
Jenn Furan Super
Dr. Jason Woods
President Robbyn Wacker

[November 20, 2020]

Past Messages

11/18/2020 Campus Safety Status (Scenario 3)

On October 16th a campus wide email by the Bring Huskies Home team notified the university community of increasing COVID-19 cases in surrounding counties. We made the decision to move to our campus safety level from Scenario 1- Green to Scenario 2- Yellow

Throughout this semester our campus community has done an incredible job adjusting to serving our students and keeping our campus community safe. Our campus operations and classrooms continue to be safe places to work and learn. The spread of the virus has been community based, with a disproportionately higher rate a spread by individuals who are 18-35, and is usually associated with not adhering to social distancing and masking guidelines when people are gathering in their homes or in the community. 

Unfortunately, the rate of infection continues to increase in the last 7 days. Our hospitals and medical providers are particularly hard hit with this recent surge. Area schools are addressing capacity concerns and the rate of infection with shifts in remote and distance learning formats.  

Given the alarming increase in the number of community COVID cases, we are now moving our campus safety level to Scenario 3 – Orange. 

Moving to the Orange level will bring the following changes to our campus operations as follows: 

  • Campus offices will remain open. We will continue to provide important services to our students, such as housing, dining, registration, and advising activities. Should an office need additional support, supervisors should work with their staff and in collaboration with Human Resources to address safety and consistency in office operations. 
     
  • We will continue to distribute COVID-19 saliva tests to employees and students. Today’s high turnout at the Know B4 You Go or Gatherevent demonstrates that our community is monitoring personal health and helping to protect the pack. Test kits will be available for pick up at the following locations during scheduled hours of operation and until Friday 11/20: Atwood Information Desk, Husky Tech (Miller Center), and Administrative Services Information Desk. We are working with health officials to coordinate future testing.  
     
  • Faculty will determine on a course by course basis, if any changes will be made to the face to face component of their courses for the final weeks of the Fall semester. Provost Gregory will be providing faculty with more guidance – please monitor your email for this message.  
  • Residence halls will remain open. Many of our students rely on their on-campus housing as their primary residence and some prefer to remain on campus in order to access support and services. Therefore, residential services and dining will remain open and will strictly follow COVID safety protocols.  
     

We will follow up with more details once we understand any of the additional changes that the governor intends to make. 

Please continue to reach out to our students to let them know we are here to help them. Help each other as we weather what seems to be one of many COVID storms. Please continue to monitor the Bring Huskies Home website for the latest news and information – efforts are underway to streamline and refresh information.  

Thank you for all you do on behalf of SCSU and our students.

 

[November 18, 2020]

11/13/2020 Thanksgiving Guidelines for Students

Thanksgiving Guidelines for Students

Travelling home over Thanksgiving means you might bring COVID-19 home with you.  You can bring COVID-19 home from an exposure you had before you left or while travelling.

Traveling  

  • Please get tested before you go! A St. Cloud State University campus testing event will be held on Wednesday (11/18) - more information will follow. If you are negative continue to lay low until you go. If you are positive, you will need to isolate
  • Lay low before you go!  Minimize your contact with others for 14 days before you travel, avoid large crowds, gatherings, or bars.  Wear face masks whenever you are outside of your room and distance as much as you can.
  • If you are using public transportation, wear a face mask, distance as much as possible and wash hands frequently (or use hand sanitizer).


Arrival

  • Lay low once you arrive, because you may have been exposed during travel.
  • Mask and social distancing as much as possible while you are home. 
  • In general, avoid visiting people who are elderly or have health conditions. If you do visit, you should wear a mask and stay 6 or more feet away as much as possible and wash your hands.  Consider getting tested 6 days prior to the visit.
  • Consider testing 5-7 days after arrival, especially if your travel included being around many people (airports, bus rides, larger car pools).
  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 get tested right away and isolate while the test is pending. If you have a close exposure to a known case of COVID-19, you should be tested 5-7 days after exposure and quarantine for 14 days after the exposure.


Coming back to campus

  • If you can go home and stay home and have the option to finish classes online do it! [SCSU Specific information to discuss with professors.]
  • If you return to campus after Thanksgiving, remember to lay low again when you get back.  This too will help slow down transmission on your campus and in your community.


Other Resources:

 

[November 13, 2020]

10/16/2020 Change in Campus Safety Color (Scenario 1 to Scenario 2)

Dear Huskies,

This week’s COVID-19 Dashboard results show that the number of positive cases among  SCSU students and employees are holding steady. However, this does not refelct the COVID-19 conditions in area communities and neighboring states.

As you review the dashboard – please note that our campus safety level is updated from green to yellow. This is not a change related to an increasing rate of COVID-19 cases in our campus community. This is a precautionary measure in response to increasing cases in area communities.  

Why the change campus safety level?
Each color in the levels of campus safety involves careful consideration for things like the rate of transmission on campus, indicators that can impact this rate, and our response.  There are two indicators that are leading us to be cautious and to change our campus safety level.

First, infections continue to increase in nearby counties. Second, the number of cases in area elementary and secondary schools are increasing. In both instances, cases have increased in the last 14 days. We are carefully monitoring our campus conditions and our area communities with the assistance of public health officials. This virus spreads quickly and ignores boundaries such as counties and states, our schools, facilities that house and care for the vulnerable and our homes.  If the cases of the virus increase around us, we must be more careful on and off campus …and as a pack.

What does this mean for campus?
Campus actions in response to a change in safety status may include adjustments to campus operations, course delivery modes, engagement and access to facilities.  As we are monitoring area community conditions, campus operations, classes, and activities will be conducted as planned. All classes and events will continue as scheduled.

We ask that everyone carry on with our current safety expectations and planning requirements. Please follow through with safety protocols and habits at events and during everyday activities on and off campus.

What does this mean for each Husky?
Huskies should continue to protect themselves and the pack with an even higher degree of diligence. This includes completing the daily self-assessment, wearing a mask, staying two huskies apart, washing hands frequently and staying home when feeling ill. Social gatherings should be in small groups. We ask that Huskies Lay Low. More importantly, please make these habits part of your daily routine, on and off campus.

If you test positive for COVID-19, or come into close contact with the virus, or may even have been on campus while contagious, we strongly suggest that you disclose this information on our newly available Self Report Tool. This will help with determining and mitigating risk.

In closing, we want to emphasize again, that this decision is not based on our campus community. We continue to do a great job minimizing our cases. Thanks to everyone for protecting the pack.

Go Huskies!

Bring Huskies Home Team

 

[October 16, 2020]

9/19/2020 Campus Safety Update

Dear Huskies,

We would like to update you on some evolving campus conditions related to COVID-19.

As you might have reviewed the SCSU COVID-19 Dashboard, the reporting period ending on Wednesday, September 16th showed seven student cases with a positive COVID-19 test result reported to the university by public health officials or the student. By the close of this week, however, we are detecting an increase of cases that is concerning.

Listed below are key events and actions that we would like to share with the campus community to keep everyone informed of COVID-19 conditions and ongoing measures to mitigate the risk of exposure:

  • By the close of September 16th, campus staff and medical personnel became aware of several students presenting COVID-19 symptoms. These students were observed as feeling ill and reported their condition to campus personnel.
  • SCSU Emergency Management personnel immediately alerted public health officials and continue to be in close consultation with Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
  • MDH assigned an epidemiologist (specializing in higher education institutions) to our campus to work closely with SCSU Medical Clinic personnel to conduct the contact tracing investigations and to provide input on mitigation strategies.
  • Contact tracing investigations immediately began to determine who may have been in close contact with individuals with COVID-19.
  • Students who were identified as having been in close contact at the point of infection and during the period when individuals are likely to be contagious were alerted of their potential exposure and given appropriate guidance. This includes students living on and off campus.
  • Symptomatic students were isolated beginning late evening of September 16th with testing underway.
  • The Huskies Support Chain was activated for students in isolation, providing coordinated academic and social support based on each students’ circumstances and needs.
  • As an added precaution, Athletics has suspended team activities.
  • Students continue to be monitored and the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are being tracked.

The results of contact tracing are revealing some important pieces of information. First, off-campus social gatherings appear to be the point at which students came into close contact with a person infected with COVID-19. Second, classroom settings, where masks are worn and social distancing is practiced, are not considered a high-risk area for infection.

We are closely monitoring the condition of our campus safety. We ask that students and employees continue with an increased level of diligence to wear a mask, wash hands frequently, practice physical distancing, stay home when feeling ill, and avoid gatherings with more than 10 people -- our Huskies should lay low. Continue to complete the self-assessment before coming to campus or daily if you reside on campus.

At this moment, our level of campus safety remains at green. We will, however, alert the campus community with any changes in status.
 

Thank you for continuing to do what you can to Protect the Pack.
 

We will be back in touch next week.

Bring Huskies Home Team

 

[September 19, 2020]

9/11/2020 Dashboard Availability

Husky Nation,  

We are pleased to share that Minnesota State published a COVID-19 Dashboard. In addition, St. Cloud State's Bring Huskies Home website is updated with dashboard highlights, campus safety information and other resources. This information will be updated on a weekly basis. View our campus data via Bring Huskies Home or link directly to information provided by the Minnisota State COVID-19 Dashboard.

Important links/information:

Thank you for staying informed and doing your part to protect the pack.

Go Huskies!

 

[September 11, 2020]

8/20/2020 Safety and Contact Information

Huskies,

The SCSU Medical Clinic is excited to welcome you as you return to campus; in person or remotely. Although this year will be different from what we all hoped for, we will do our best to find ways to engage while maintaining necessary safety measures to keep COVID-19 at bay. Here are some things you need to know...
 

The top 5 things to Protect the Pack:

  1. Wear a facial covering
  2. Wash your hands
  3. Cover your cough
  4. Maintain physical distancing (6 feet or 2 meters)
  5. Stay home if you’re sick 


Unpacking?
 

Watch this quick video from our
Protect The Pack: Roommate Edition
for important conversation starters with roommates.


What is the Husky Lay Low?
 

The Medical Clinic at St. Cloud State is encouraging you to “lay low” and avoid large social gatherings, especially for the next two weeks.

“Lay low” means to avoid large social gatherings where physical distancing or masks are not being utilized. 

The first two weeks of the semester will be a critical period because people will be returning from many different areas. As COVID-19 symptoms generally develop within 14 days, this initial “lay low” period is essential. Please minimize your in-person social activities as much as possible.

Huskies Connect is your source for virtual and in-person campus events. We follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines.

Although we will do everything we can to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread, we have to assume at some point there will be positive cases of COVID-19 on our campus. In addition, there will be people without obvious symptoms who could spread COVID-19. Therefore it is crucial for everyone to be masking, physical distancing, and handwashing. Together, we can make this work.
 

Not feeling well?

If you are not feeling well, please stay home, and do the following:

  • Call the SCSU Medical Clinic for guidance on managing your symptoms, for directions on getting tested, and possible isolation. Call: 320-308-3191
  • Determine what to share and with whom after discussing your symptoms with a healthcare professional. 


Important Contact Information

Medical Clinic
In-person and Telehealth appointments available
Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM.
Call: 320-308-3191 or secure message: myhealthservices.stcloudstate.edu

After-hours/weekends, CentraCare:
Call: 320-200-3200 or CentraCare e-Clinic
 
SCSU COVID-19 Information Line
Available to answer your non-health questions related to COVID-19 at St. Cloud State
Call: 320-308-1588 or email: sld@stcloudstate.edu

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[August 20, 2020]