COVID-19 Alert Levels

November 19, 2020 Update

St. Olaf will continue with our heightened Yellow Alert Level. In addition, we are taking the below steps in accordance with the Governor’s executive order that begins November 20 and will remain in place through December 18:

  • Skoglund and Tostrud athletic facilities will be closed.
  • Intramural, club, and recreational sports will not be allowed, and there will be no athletic team practices. Physically distanced individual exercise activities are allowed outdoors.
  • No more than five people at a time will be allowed in common areas in residence halls and student housing, and these individuals must maintain 6 feet of physical distance.
  • No more than two people will be allowed at each dining table in Stav Hall.
  • Students remaining on campus for the holiday break will need to limit themselves to their “household” bubble. The Minnesota Department of Health defines this as their residence hall floor or housemates. This includes eating and other activities.Per our current alert level, all students will be required to stay on campus. If you have an essential reason to travel off campus (such as a medical appointment or work), please fill out the following form to be reviewed and approved by Student Life.
  • St. Olaf will continue to be closed to campus visitors.
  • In-person classes and exams that meet physical distance and masking requirements are allowed to continue.
  • Musical performances with music mitigation measures in place but only virtual audiences are allowed.

St. Olaf College has established a color-coded series of alert levels intended to inform the college community about the level of risk posed by the COVID-19 virus to our community. The alert levels correspond with different levels of operational response and guidance to the community.  Each of these levels builds upon our existing mitigation measures identified in the community pledge and community standards. 

The alert levels are defined by a set of indicators that include cases on campus and in Rice County, availability of isolation and quarantine beds, and the level of unknown case exposure (those cases that cannot be traced to a specific source). Additional factors affecting alert level determination include any new or modified Governor’s Executive Orders, updated guidance from the MDH and CDC, travel availability and restrictions, faculty and staff availability to provide academic programs and essential services as well as access to critical supplies and testing. Changes in alert levels will always be informed both by data and by our judgment of current conditions. The College will be prepared to move quickly from any level of alert to the highest level if necessary.

Current Level

Alert Levels

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Click on the levels below to review a summary of the indicators and requirements.

GREEN – LOW ALERT

Indicators:
Low Transmission Levels

< 1% of campus students infected within a 14-day period

Contacts are able to be identified at the time of interview

< 10 cases per 10,000 over 14-day period in Rice County

< 50% isolation and quarantine beds are full

Other key factors:
Guidelines from the Governor, MDH and CDC support in-person/hybrid classes

Healthcare resources are available

Staff and faculty are available

Critical supplies and testing are available

Requirements:
COMMUNITY STANDARDS REQUIRED:
Daily symptom checking, face coverings required indoors and outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained, hand washing, and physical distancing required.

Classes
Classes in-person and hybrid or remote.

Athletics, Music, Clubs and Other Student Activities
Approved activities including rehearsals, practices with mitigation measures in place.

Social Gatherings (excludes classrooms and structured events/meetings)

Limited to 10 attendees indoors and 25 attendees outdoors.

Events
Must be pre-approved. Outdoor events must not exceed 250 people and indoor events need to operate at 25% capacity with no more than 250 people in one area.

Campus
Residence Halls are open to inter-campus visits.

Students are encouraged to stay on campus, however they are allowed to leave to socialize or work in surrounding communities while following the community standards.

Approved visitors and essential service providers only.

All buildings are open and functioning, but in some cases stricter access.

All on-campus dining areas are restricted to students only.

Travel
Continued restrictions on travel of students, faculty and staff.

YELLOW – MEDIUM ALERT

Indicators:
Medium Transmission Levels

1-3% of campus students infected within a 14-day period

> 5% of cases have unknown links over a 7-day period

Cases in Rice County are on the rise over 7-day period

10-30 cases per 10,000 over 14-day period in Rice County

50-75% isolation and quarantine beds are full

Other key factors:
Changes in guidance from the MDH and CDC

Healthcare resources are decreasing

Staff and faculty availability is decreasing

Critical supplies and testing availability is decreasing

Requirements:
COMMUNITY STANDARDS REQUIRED:
Daily symptom checking, face coverings required indoors and outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained, hand washing, and physical distancing required.

Classes
Classes in-person and hybrid or remote.

Athletics, Music, Clubs and Other Student Activities

  • Skoglund and Tostrud athletic facilities will be closed.
  • Intramural, club, and recreational sports will not be allowed, and there will be no athletic team practices. Physically distanced individual exercise activities are allowed outdoors.

Events and Social Gatherings (excludes classrooms and structured events/meetings)
Virtual gatherings and events only.

Campus
Residence Halls are closed to all non-hall residents.

  • No more than five people at a time will be allowed in common areas in residence halls and student housing, and these individuals must maintain 6 feet of physical distance.
  • No more than two people will be allowed at each dining table in Stav Hall.
  • Students remaining on campus will need to limit themselves to their “household” bubble. This includes eating and other activities. The Minnesota Department of Health defines this as their residence hall floor or housemates.
  • All students will be required to stay on campus. If you have an essential reason to travel off campus (such as a medical appointment or work), please fill out the following request form to be reviewed and approved by Student Life.

Essential service providers only.

Stricter access to campus buildings. Campus is closed to visitors.

All on-campus dining areas are restricted to students only. Students will be required to make reservations.

Travel
Continued restrictions on travel of students, faculty and staff.

ORANGE – HIGH ALERT

Indicators:
High Transmissions Levels
> 3% of campus students infected within a 14-day period

Cases continue to rise in Rice County

> 30 cases per 10,000 over 14-day period in Rice County

> 75% isolation and quarantine beds are full

Other key factors:
Changes in guidance from the MDH and CDC

Healthcare resources are decreasing

Staff and faculty availability is decreasing

Critical supplies and testing availability is decreasing

Responses:
COMMUNITY STANDARDS ELEVATED:

Move to twice daily symptom checking, face coverings, hand washing, and physical distancing.

Classes
Move to full remote learning.

Athletics, Music, Clubs and Other Student Activities
Practices and rehearsals are canceled. Increase in virtual activities.

Virtual Gatherings and Events Only

Campus
Students have the option to go home to learn remotely. Students who remain on campus will need to seek approval for off-campus trips.

Students restricted to residence halls and immediate outdoor areas.

Residence halls are closed to inter-campus visits. For exercise, students will be allowed to solo walk/run the Natural Lands or on campus grounds.

Essential staff only on-campus. No student work except essential positions and remote.

Limited access to campus buildings.

Increase in grab and go options. Residence halls will eat together at appointed times.

Travel
Continued restrictions on travel of students, faculty and staff.

RED – VERY HIGH ALERT

Indicators:
Transmissions have exhausted College’s resources

No improvement in High Transmission Level after two weeks

Shelter in place order from the Governor

Responses:
Evacuate the campus with the exception of students who cannot return home and move to minimal essential staff.

Restrict access to campus.

COVID-19 Campus Data

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Results of ongoing testing, as well as the current status of the campus community, are reported here.