St. Olaf College | COVID-19

October 23, 2020 at 12:07 p.m.

Campus Alert Level Change

To St. Olaf College faculty and staffFrom Campus Reopening Lead Enoch Blazis

Dear St. Olaf Community Members,

I write to announce a change in the campus COVID-19 Alert Level. Since reopening campus in August, we have remained in the Green (or low alert) Level.

This week the Reopening Point Team, in consultation with our epidemiologist consultant and the President’s Leadership Team, has made the determination to move to the Yellow (or medium alert) Level.

We are raising the Alert Level because:

  • Our random surveillance testing had 3 positive test results, which indicates a Yellow Level.
  • Rice County‚Äôs 14-day case rate per 10,000 people has risen to 26.5, which indicates a Yellow Level.
  • We had a relatively high number of close contacts from our positive tests this week.

Moving to the Yellow Level provides a heightened level of caution and reemphasis of the Community Standards. Being in the Yellow Level prepares us to quickly move into Orange or Red Levels. A jump to these levels would cause the College to take a series of significant steps, including going to fully remote learning and further restricting campus access and activities. For the most recent data consult the COVID-19 dashboard.

Continue to follow the Community Standards, most importantly:

  • Wear a face mask, especially indoors, only removing it in your residence hall room or when you’re eating and drinking.
  • Adhere to the physical distancing rules in all gathering spaces, and only remove your mask when eating and try to eat with the same group of people.
  • Limit the number of people you socialize with for the remainder of the semester and avoid gatherings outside of your immediate social circle.
  • Limit travel from campus, and consider only leaving for work or college-related activities.
  • Take any COVID-19 symptoms seriously. If you are not feeling well, you must self-quarantine and CALL FIRST St. Olaf Health Services at 507-646-6523 during regular business hours. If you screen positive for symptoms, you will be offered an appointment at the NH+C Respiratory Clinic. After hours, or on weekends, call NH+Cs Northfield Clinic at 507-646-1494 or go to the Emergency Department if it is an emergency. There is also a COVID-19 information line at 507-646-1919.

I want to express my gratitude for the diligence and sacrifice our community members have made to keep the Hill safe. Together we have achieved success, and we need to maintain the success we have had so far. We need everyone’s continued dedication in this home stretch of the semester, especially with the rapid shift in weather that has brought everyone indoors.