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Information on quarantine

August 27, 2020

Undergrad Student Information

Students will be asked to quarantine if they:

  • Are waiting for a COVID-19 test (typically this will occur in one’s own sleeping room).
  • Have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Saint Mary’s will not quarantine students who:

  • Do not live on campus.
  • Have not been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (i.e., My roommate was with a friend who tested positive for COVID-19, but I was not … My roommate is quarantined, but I am not, but I will watch for symptoms and notify the Jay Johnson Wellness Center if I have a symptom).

If you are asked to quarantine, going home is the first preference if at all possible. Students may also be quarantined at the Alverna Center, which includes single rooms and private bathrooms. Students are strongly encouraged to drive themselves and meet staff at the Alverna Center. Street parking is available. If a student does not have a vehicle, the university will transport the student while following mask and social distancing protocols. Students should bring items they will need for 14 days, including academic materials. Linens, bedding, and towels will be provided; laundry services are available. Students may also be asked to quarantine in their sleeping rooms on campus if applicable.

In the event of quarantine, Student Affairs will:

  • Connect with food service to ensure three meals (two warm) are delivered to the student’s room daily. Dietary restrictions should be shared with as soon as students are told to quarantine.
  • Connect with the Student Success Center to ensure the student’s faculty are notified. Students will be copied on the email to faculty, receive additional information from their faculty, and are responsible for keeping up with their academics. Students do not need to contact the faculty prior to the Student Success Center contacting the faculty.

While in quarantine, students must:

  • Follow directives from the Jay Johnson Wellness Center
  • Answer their room phone in the Alverna Center and cell phone
  • Stay within their room unless during scheduled recreation or laundry times (or use bathroom and shower facilities if applicable)
  • Not have guests for any reason
  • Not order outside food deliveries

When students are released from quarantine (once test results are negative and the student has no symptoms):

  • The Jay Johnson Wellness Center will provide clear instruction on what the student should and can do. The Wellness Center will also contact Student Success Center and Student Affairs.
  • On the next full day after being released from quarantine, the student will be able to attend class and use food service.

Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health about quarantine: