December 10, 2020 at 7:33 a.m.
To St. Olaf College studentsFrom Campus Reopening Lead Enoch Blazis
I hope all of you are doing well and, for those who went home for the Holiday Break, you had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving. During this break, we plan to stay in touch so that we are all prepared for when we reconvene on campus.
On campus our work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and do our part for our broader community continues. Please take note of these three important updates:
New COVID-19 App
Minnesota public health officials have developed a new COVID-19 exposure notification app, and they are asking all residents — including you — to download it.
This free app, COVIDaware MN, will notify you if you’ve been near someone who tested positive for COVID-19. If you test positive, you can use the app to anonymously notify anyone you’ve been near.
This app will help all of us do our part in reducing the spread of COVID-19 by enabling us to notify — and receive notifications from — people we don’t know about exposure to the virus. The app is free and does not collect any personal information or track your location. The app only knows when it comes within range of another phone that also has the app installed and enabled, which is why it’s helpful for you to download the app even if you’re not in Minnesota for break or Interim.
St. Olaf is asking all students, faculty, and staff to support the State of Minnesota’s efforts in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 by downloading the app.
Contact Tracing for Everyone
Whether you are on or off campus, please report any positive COVID-19 test result to the St. Olaf Contact Tracing Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s important for the college to continue to track COVID-19 cases during the break and Interim, and we appreciate your continued diligence to ensure the health and safety of our community.
On-Campus COVID-19 Testing
All students remaining on campus during the break will participate in weekly COVID-19 testing during the month of December. Detailed information on this testing has been sent directly to all students currently on campus. For those who will be on campus for Interim, information will be forthcoming on testing and campus quarantine procedures for January.
Your ongoing diligence is appreciated. We got through the on-campus fall semester safely in large part due to everyone following our community standards. I would ask everyone to keep those in mind and apply them when you are away from campus. This will help you stay healthy and safe and help protect your family and friends. Be well!