A total of 57 lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 tests were reported to St. Thomas’ Center for Well-Being for the week ending Nov. 27. The totals included 47 students and 10 employees, with 54 from the St. Paul campus and 3 from Minneapolis.
The total amount is inclusive of all individuals who have self-reported positive test results stemming from St. Thomas’ mass testing event held Nov. 18-19. Updated reports from the Minnesota Department of Health indicate 2,348 of 2,387 test results from the event (which was open to all community members, including students, faculty, staff, family members and other non-students, faculty and staff) have been processed; current MDH data indicates a 3.6% positivity rate.
- There is still no evidence of transmission in classrooms and labs
- St. Thomas continues to report more than 50% availability of its quarantine and isolation space on campus
- The contact tracing team has been able to interview 90-100% of positive cases reported to the university within 24 hours of test results over a 7-day average.
With these factors in mind, the number of positive cases remain in a manageable range.
Reminder About Reporting
Please remember that all university community members who are working, living, learning or otherwise spending time on campus are required to 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. Faculty and staff should also notify their supervisor/department chair of their inability to come to campus using normal call-in procedures for the department. Students who are tested at the Center for Well-Being and who consent to the sharing of their positive test results with the contact tracing team are not required to complete the self-report form.
For more information about the numbers of statewide infections, please visit the following Minnesota Department of Health and county websites:
- The MDH Situation Update for COVID-19
- The MDH 14-Day COVID-19 Case Rate by County report
- The Ramsey County COVID-19 Situation Update
- The Hennepin County COVID-19 Public Dashboard
*Last Update: November 30, 2020