Monday, February 8, 2021 at 1:36 p.m.
COVID-19 Testing Reminder and Updates
To St. Olaf College faculty and staffFrom Campus Reopening Lead Enoch Blazis
We’re getting ready to welcome students back to campus this week, and we know many of you are getting ready to return to campus to provide and support in-person learning.
As you make your final preparations for spring semester, please take a moment to review these important reminders:
COVID-19 Testing Appointment
Faculty and staff who will be on campus this spring received an email last week from the Testing Team with a form to sign up for a COVID-19 testing time. If you have not already done so, please sign up now. The first round of COVID-19 baseline testing for faculty and staff is February 8 and 9. The second round of testing for faculty and staff is February 15 and 16. This testing is required for all faculty and staff members who will be on campus, and it’s important that you sign up for this testing in advance. Please email TestC19@stolaf.edu with any additional questions about testing.
Whether you are on campus or not, you must report to the college if you have a positive COVID-19 test result, have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, or if you have symptoms. Please report using this form. The ProtectWell app will no longer be used, so delete that app from your phone.
Some of you may have students come to you with questions about what they should do if they feel unwell or need to report symptoms, exposure, or a positive test. Please point them to these links, which they will also receive as a printed handout upon their return to campus:
- HEALTH REPORTING STEPS 1-3: What steps to take if you have symptoms, have been exposed, or tested positive.
- I FEEL UNWELL: What steps to take if you are not feeling well.
After the modified campus quarantine period for students ends on February 22, all of the Community Standards and heightened Yellow Campus Alert Level conditions will remain in place. We know that many people are experiencing “pandemic fatigue,” but it is critical that we continue to wear masks, physically distance, and follow all of our Community Standards. Please also remember that it’s important to make sure that your mask is fitted and worn correctly at all times, including covering both your nose and your mouth (the CDC’s guide to masks is a helpful resource). We will continue to carefully monitor COVID-19 data, and will provide updates on any changes we see in conditions on or surrounding campus.
If you have any questions, please contact the Campus Reopening Team. We’re looking forward to the beginning of this semester.