Message to Students about Waiting on Your Test Results, What to Do if You are Affected by COVID-19, and Everyday Actions

10 September 2020

Dear Carls,

As we continue to come together as a campus community this week, I want to highlight some important expectations, as well as resources for you during your first several days on campus. 

What to Do While You Await the Results of Your Two COVID-19 Tests

·         Stay on campus. You should stay on campus until you’ve received the results of both of your COVID-19 tests. Your second test will be administered 7 days after your first. Northfield Option and off-board students should limit their off-campus travel only to necessary activities (such as grocery shopping).

·         Keep your social circle small. If you’re a new student, you should limit your interactions to those in your New Student Week group. If you’re a returning student, your social hub should be as small as possible, and preferably limited to those with whom you share a living space.

 What to Do if You are Affected by COVID-19

·         If you test positive before you arrive on campusyou should not come to campus as scheduled. You should complete your isolation period off campus and come to campus when you’re cleared. If you test positive while on campus, but outside the Carleton testing program, contact the Contact Tracing Team at 507-222-5119.

·         If you are a close contact of someone who tests positive before you arrive on campusyou should not come to campus as scheduled. You should complete your quarantine period off campus and come to campus when you’re cleared. If you think you are a close contact of someone who tests positive while on campus, contact the Contact Tracing Team at 507-222-5119.

·         If you are in quarantine or isolation on campus and you need support, you should contact Kari Schuerer, the Student Life Q/I Coordinator at 507-222-4075.  She will respond quickly to ensure you get what you need.

·         If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, you should record this in the symptom tracker.  If this is an emergency or you require immediate medical attention, contact Security Services at (507) 222-4444.

 Everyday Actions You Should Be Taking

·         Wear a clean mask. You are required to wear a clean mask that covers both your nose and your mouth at all times while in the presence of others or while in indoor public spaces. You do not need to wear a mask when you are in your room or house by yourself or with others with whom you live. You may also remove your mask while eating or toothbrushing. You should wear a mask outside when it is difficult to maintain a six-foot distance from others. Neck gaiters and bandanas are not considered acceptable mask options. 

·         Wash and sanitize your hands often. Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds is one of the most effective ways to keep yourself healthy. When you don’t have access to soap and water, you should sanitize your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Follow our practice to “sanitize in and sanitize out” as you enter and leave classrooms, labs, and other learning spaces.

·         Maintain a physical distance from others. It is important that you limit your close interactions with others. Stay at least 6 feet from others, even while wearing a mask, and follow the Minnesota Department of Health’s restrictions on social gatherings, which are currently limited to 10 people or fewer indoors and 25 people or fewer outdoors.

·         Do not host off-campus visitors. Visitors are not permitted inside any campus building, including your residence. You may visit with off-campus guests in outdoor spaces, with appropriate precautions.

·         Track your symptoms. Every day you’re on campus, you must monitor and track your symptoms. You may find the symptom tracker by visiting https://go.carleton.edu/mySHAC and clicking on “COVID-19.”

·         Follow the Carleton Community Covenant. These everyday actions are included in the Covenant, alongside other expectations we have for you at this time. You should know and understand this document, as well as the associated sanctions.

 As I’ve noted before, it is our collective responsibility to hold to these new standards. Please use the resources above or contact my office if you have questions or concerns.

All the best,

Dean Livingston