As we prepare for the start of the academic year, the COVID-19 Core Team shares updates on several important topics, including the availability of on-campus testing, campus masking, changes in quarantine requirements for those who are not fully vaccinated, the COVID-19 dashboard and on-campus flu vaccine clinics.
- On-campus testing. The Carleton Rapid Test Site will reopen to the campus community on Monday, Sept. 12. The test site offers rapid antigen testing for COVID-19 to faculty, staff and students who are experiencing mild symptoms or who have been notified that they are a close contact of a positive case. The test site is located in Burton 003 and is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 3 to 5 p.m., and on weekends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More detailed information is available online.
- Masking. Although we are beginning the academic year in a mask-optional environment, you should always carry a mask with you because you may be required to wear one:
- Faculty, staff and students may require that masks be worn in spaces they ordinarily control, such as offices, classrooms, rehearsal rooms and labs, office suites, and residential rooms.
- Masks are required for anyone who is symptomatic in order to slow the spread of all respiratory illnesses.
- Masking is required if you are exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 and may be required upon release from isolation after testing positive. Please follow personalized instructions from the Case Investigation and Contact Tracing team.
Be prepared to mask up with a KN95, KF94 or a well-fitted cloth mask with two or more layers. If you need one, you may pick up a mask from the Dean of Students Office (Severance Hall Suite 110), the Provost’s Office (Laird Hall Suite 140) or Human Resources (Strong House).
- Quarantine requirements. Consistent with a recent change by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in consultation with our epidemiologist, individuals who are not fully vaccinated no longer need to quarantine following exposure to a positive case. Regardless of your vaccination status, if you are exposed to COVID-19, you should wear a high-quality (KN95 or KF94) mask for 10 days and get tested on day 6. If you test positive, report it here, and you’ll receive further instruction from the Contact Investigation and Contact Tracing team. If you test negative, continue to wear your mask through the 10 days.
- COVID-19 dashboard. Beginning Monday, Sept. 12, new cases of COVID-19 within our community will be reported daily at carleton.edu/covid/dashboard. The dashboard will reflect case data for the most recent 14-day period and will include both self-reported results and results from rapid antigen testing conducted by Carleton. We will follow case trends closely and, in collaboration with Carleton’s consulting epidemiologist, implement and communicate strategies as needed based on the impact those trends are having on campus operations.
- On-campus flu clinics. Flu vaccine clinics will be held on campus throughout the month of October. All students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated against seasonal influenza by Dec. 1, 2022. This is also the date by which individuals who are eligible for a second booster of the COVID-19 vaccine are required to get one.