Outdoor view of the Center for Well-Being building

Responding to Confirmed COVID Cases

In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus, St. Thomas has implemented a protocol for responding to confirmed cases of COVID-19.

All members of the St. Thomas community who are working, living, learning or otherwise spending time on campus are required to notify the Center for Well-Being 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.

Isolation and Quarantine

Any member of the St. Thomas community who is diagnosed with COVID-19 is expected to follow the CDC isolation guidelines to help protect the health of the greater community and prevent disease transmission. They should work under the care and direction of their medical provider and collaborate with campus contact tracers to determine when they are able to return to campus or to the classroom. In general, individuals are expected to stay home until they have been fever-free for 24 hours (without use of medicine that reduces fever) and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and other symptoms have improved.

All members of the St. Thomas community should comply with recommendations to stay home and quarantine if feeling sick.

Testing

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.

Important: All individuals who are notified of a positive test result must notify St. Thomas using the self-reporting forms on OneStThomas:

Planning for Potential Surge in Cases or Closing

The university has developed plans to respond to a possible surge in cases on campus or in the community. Such plans will be consistent with public health guidance and directives. A surge in cases or other external factors may impact campus operations, including changes to dining hall or residence hall operations, changes to service levels or building hours, or a possible need to place additional or all classes online and closure of some residence hall(s). Factors that will be considered include government directives, the level of transmission, options for reducing transmission risks, community compliance with protocols and the ability of the university to effectively manage on-campus cases. A list of “Key Considerations” for changes in operation is available.

In the event that a surge in cases locally or nationally causes St. Thomas to put some or all classes online, tuition and fees will not be refunded.

NOTE: All information on this webpage comes from the COVID-19 Response Plan document. If you have questions about what you read here, please refer to the latest version of that document.