COVID-19 Update

Dear St. Thomas Community,

Late in the day last Friday (Dec. 4) and into the weekend, 12 undergraduate students who live in the St. John Vianney College Seminary (SJV) on campus tested positive for COVID-19.  All of those students have been moved out of the residence and into isolation, and contact tracing is underway. In addition, St. Thomas conducted targeted testing of approximately 100 students. As a precautionary measure – and after consultation with the Minnesota Department of Health – St. Thomas and SJV have decided that all students who live in the residence hall should quarantine for two weeks. Those students will quarantine and continue to monitor symptoms and participate in additional testing.

Following regular protocols, faculty will receive contact tracing notifications for any students who tested positive. Those students, along with students who are in quarantine, will not be attending in-person classes until their isolation or quarantine period ends.

Because our weekly dashboard reflects positive tests on a Saturday – Friday cycle, results of this targeted testing will be reflected in this week’s dashboard (results that arrived Friday) and in next week’s dashboard (results that arrived over the weekend).

Thanks to all who worked to get our students tested quickly and into isolation and quarantine. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call the COVID-19 information line at 651-962-6133.

Finally, please remember that we are offering campus-wide COVID-19 testing tomorrow (Dec. 8) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please visit this LINK to sign up for specific time slots on the St. Paul campus.

Best regards,

Madonna McDermott

Executive Director - Center for Well-Being