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Individual Health and Safety Protocols

New Standards for All Members of Our Community

Now more than ever, the university needs its entire community to adhere to best practices for protecting their own health and the health of others. These health and safety protocols are not just for you - we're doing this for that favorite professor who lives with a person fighting cancer, the desk worker who always has a smile for you and also happens to have severe asthma, your neighbor off campus who is elderly or suffering from a chronic condition or even your classmate who had leukemia as a child. We want to keep our campus community and the larger community safe. 

All faculty, staff and students on campus are expected to follow health and safety protocols. Managers are responsible for implementing these protocols in their areas. Students are expected to follow these health and safety protocols on and off campus, and abide by the Common Good Commitment.

Practices to Follow

  • Every Day You Should
  • Going Home When Sick
  • Getting Tested for COVID
  • Reporting COVID Test Results
  • Every Day You Should

    All faculty, staff and students who come to campus are expected to self-screen for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Take your temperature twice each day, in the morning and the evening, then ask yourself the following questions:

    1. Is your temperature 100℉ or higher today?
    2. Have you had or felt like you have had a fever in the last 24 hours?
    3. Do you have a new or worsening cough?
    4. Are you having trouble breathing that cannot be explained by an existing condition, like asthma?
    5. Do you have new or worsening body aches that can’t be explained by other activities?
    6. Do you have a sore throat, different from your seasonal allergies?
    7. Are you experiencing loss of taste or smell?
    8. Are you experiencing diarrhea, vomiting or nausea?
    9. Have you had close contact with anyone suspected of having or confirmed to have COVID-19?

    If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, refer to the Preparedness Plan for next steps.

    Going Home When Sick

    Individuals who become ill while they are on campus must go home. If a manager observes that an employee is working on campus while sick, the manager must send the employee home. Students who are ill should be directed to return to their home or residence hall room and to contact the Center for Well-Being to speak with a triage nurse for further direction.

    Getting Tested for COVID

    The Center for Well-Being is currently prioritizing testing of symptomatic patients for COVID-19 using molecular (PCR) tests; asymptomatic testing may be available at the Center for Well Being as space permits. Additional contact tracing/expanded testing of asymptomatic individuals may be utilized in specific situations, such as localized clusters of COVID-19 cases on campus and other appropriate situations. St. Thomas will continue to work with MDH to provide options for mass-testing events and targeted testing of areas of concern.

    The Center for Well-Being has partnered with University of Minnesota/Mayo Lab System as well as Quest Diagnostics to ensure that there is adequate access to testing supplies and services in the event that recommendations change and expanded testing is recommended.

    Faculty and staff who are sick should contact their primary health care provider for testing. In addition, the Minnesota Department of Health currently has several free testing sites available and is offering free at-home tests. See the MDH website for additional information.

    Reporting COVID Test Results

    All members of the St. Thomas community who are working, living, learning or otherwise spending time on campus are required to notify notify the contact-tracing team if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 by submitting the student self-report form or faculty/staff self-report form, which are available on OneStThomas.

    Read the overview of the process, including guidance on Isolating and Quarantine, on the Responding to Confirmed COVID Cases webpage, or read the details in the full Preparedness Plan.

    Every Day You Should

    Every Day You Should

    All faculty, staff and students who come to campus are expected to self-screen for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Take your temperature twice each day, in the morning and the evening, then ask yourself the following questions:

    1. Is your temperature 100℉ or higher today?
    2. Have you had or felt like you have had a fever in the last 24 hours?
    3. Do you have a new or worsening cough?
    4. Are you having trouble breathing that cannot be explained by an existing condition, like asthma?
    5. Do you have new or worsening body aches that can’t be explained by other activities?
    6. Do you have a sore throat, different from your seasonal allergies?
    7. Are you experiencing loss of taste or smell?
    8. Are you experiencing diarrhea, vomiting or nausea?
    9. Have you had close contact with anyone suspected of having or confirmed to have COVID-19?

    If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, refer to the Preparedness Plan for next steps.

    Going Home When Sick

    Going Home When Sick

    Individuals who become ill while they are on campus must go home. If a manager observes that an employee is working on campus while sick, the manager must send the employee home. Students who are ill should be directed to return to their home or residence hall room and to contact the Center for Well-Being to speak with a triage nurse for further direction.

    Getting Tested for COVID

    Getting Tested for COVID

    The Center for Well-Being is currently prioritizing testing of symptomatic patients for COVID-19 using molecular (PCR) tests; asymptomatic testing may be available at the Center for Well Being as space permits. Additional contact tracing/expanded testing of asymptomatic individuals may be utilized in specific situations, such as localized clusters of COVID-19 cases on campus and other appropriate situations. St. Thomas will continue to work with MDH to provide options for mass-testing events and targeted testing of areas of concern.

    The Center for Well-Being has partnered with University of Minnesota/Mayo Lab System as well as Quest Diagnostics to ensure that there is adequate access to testing supplies and services in the event that recommendations change and expanded testing is recommended.

    Faculty and staff who are sick should contact their primary health care provider for testing. In addition, the Minnesota Department of Health currently has several free testing sites available and is offering free at-home tests. See the MDH website for additional information.

    Reporting COVID Test Results

    Reporting COVID Test Results

    All members of the St. Thomas community who are working, living, learning or otherwise spending time on campus are required to notify notify the contact-tracing team if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 by submitting the student self-report form or faculty/staff self-report form, which are available on OneStThomas.

    Read the overview of the process, including guidance on Isolating and Quarantine, on the Responding to Confirmed COVID Cases webpage, or read the details in the full Preparedness Plan.

    NOTE: All information on these Campus Preparedness Plan webpages comes from the Preparedness Plan document. If you have questions about what you read on this website, please refer to the latest version of that document.