COVID-19 Information


Saint Mary’s is committed to the safety of its students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The university expects its students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. We also require that all community members and campus visitors wear masks in classrooms and labs as required by faculty members, in offices as required, at indoor sporting events, in our theaters, and at large gatherings and events. Masks are not required elsewhere on campus, but we respect the decisions of our community members who chose to continue to wear them.

We ask our community members to please keep practicing these important COVID-19 mitigation measures:

  • Wear a face mask as required. 
  • Stay home if you are sick. 
  • Get tested three to five days after being exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or immediately if you are experiencing symptoms. 
  • Get your COVID-19 vaccination if you have not already done so.
  • Get your COVID-19 booster now. The CDC recommends everyone 18 years and older should get a booster shot. Please visit the CDC's website for more information on specific criteria and where to find a booster.  At this time, the university does not require faculty, staff, and students to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster; however, everyone is highly encouraged to do so.
  • Get your flu shot.

Together we are Saint Mary’s. Together we are stronger.

Community Standards

Pledge Be Kind, Protect our Community

As members of the Saint Mary’s community, inspired by our Lasallian Catholic heritage and virtues, we are expected to:

  • Protect myself and others in a spirit of generosity. We will keep ourselves and those around us safe from COVID-19 by abiding by university COVID-19 protocols.
  • Practice kindness and good judgment. We will be respectful of others, especially those at the highest risk. 

Together, we are stronger. Together, we will be steadfast and resilient. Together, we are Saint Mary’s.

First semester 2021 totals

Winona Campus: 67 cumulative cases
Twin Cities Campus: 4 cumulative cases
Rochester Campus: 0 cumulative cases

Transmission Levels

       
Low level of transmission Medium level of transmission High level of transmission Sustained high level of transmission at the university

Winona Campus

Spring Semester 2021  
Total Cases 31
Current Transmission Level  

Daily COVID-19 Case Data (2022)

Winona Campus data is updated each weekday morning to reflect data from the previous day (or days, in the case of weekends). Data only includes reports of positive COVID-19 cases for students and employees who have been or are on campus when the positive test result was received. Data includes students in on- and off-campus housing.

Date New Student Cases New Employee Cases Total New Daily Cases Cumulative Cases
Aug. 15 NA 2 1 175
Week of Student Cases Employee Cases Total Weekly Cases Total Active Cases Cumulative Cases
Aug. 1 NA 4 4 4 172
July 25 NA 0 0 0 168
July 18 NA 1 1 1 168
July 11 NA 0 0 0 167
July 4 NA 3 3 3 167
June 27 NA 4 4 4 164
June 20 NA 2 2 2 160
June 13 NA 3 3 3 158
June 6 NA 3 3 3 158
May 30 NA 2 2 2 155
May 23 NA 0 0 0 153
May 16 NA 0 0 3 153
May 9 NA 3 3 3 153
May 2 2 2 4 4 150
Apr. 25 0 1 1 4 146
Apr. 19 4 1 5 5 145
Apr. 11 22 3 25 15 140
Apr. 4 2 0 2 2 115
Mar. 28 0 1 1 3 113
Mar. 21 0 0 0 0 112
Mar. 14 0 0 3 3 112
Mar. 7 0 0 0 0 109
Feb. 28 0 0 0 1 109
Feb. 21 1 1 2 2 109
Feb. 14 3 1 4 5 107
Feb. 7 5 1 6 6 103
Jan. 31 9 3 12 10 97
Jan. 24 17 4 21 11 85
Jan. 17 11 9 20 20 64
Jan. 10 29 10 39 39 44
Jan. 3 2 3 5 5 5

Twin Cities Campus

Spring Semester 2021  
Total Cases 1
Current Transmission Level  

COVID-19 Case Data (2022)

Twin Cities Campus data is updated each Friday morning to reflect data from the previous days. Data only includes reports of positive COVID-19 cases for students and employees who have been or are on campus when the positive test result was received.

Week of New Student Cases New Employee Cases Total New Weekly Cases Cumulative Cases
Aug. 1 0 1 1 31
July 25 0 0 0 30
July 18 0 0 0 30
July 11 0 0 0 30
July 4 0 0 0 30
June 20 0 0 0 30
June 13 0 0 0 30
June 6 0 2 2 30
May 30 0 0 0 28
May 23 0 2 2 28
May 16 0 3 3 26
May 9 0 2 2 23
May 2 1 1 2 21
Apr. 25 0 0 3 19
Apr. 19 0 0 0 16
Apr. 11 0 1 1 16
Apr. 4 0 0 0 15
Mar. 28 0 2 0 15
Mar. 21 0 0 0 13
Mar. 14 0 0 0 13
Mar. 7 0 0 0 13
Feb. 28 0 0 1 13
Feb. 21 0 0 0 12
Feb. 14 0 1 1 12
Feb. 7 0 0 0 11
Jan. 31 0 0 0 11
Jan. 24 0 2 2 11
Jan. 17 0 4 4 9
Jan. 10 1 2 3 5
Jan. 3 0 2 2 2

Rochester Campus

Spring Semester 2021  
Total Cases 0
Current Transmission Level  

COVID-19 Case Data (2022)

Rochester Campus data is updated each Friday morning to reflect data from the previous days. Data only includes reports of positive COVID-19 cases for students and employees who have been or are on campus when the positive test result was received.

Week of New Student Cases New Employee Cases Total New Weekly Cases Cumulative Cases
Aug. 1 0 0 0 2
July 25 0 0 0 2
July 18 0 0 0 2
July 11 0 0 0 2
July 4 0 0 0 2
June 27 0 0 0 2
June 20 0 0 0 2
June 13 0 0 0 2
June 6 0 0 0 2
May 30 0 0 0 2
May 23 0 0 0 2
May 16 0 0 0 2
May 9 0 0 0 2
May 2 0 0 0 2
Apr. 25 0 0 0 2
Apr. 19 0 0 0 2
Apr. 11 0 0 0 2
Apr. 4 0 0 0 2
Mar. 28 0 0 0 2
Mar. 21 0 0 0 2
Mar. 14 0 0 0 2
Mar. 7 0 0 0 2
Feb. 28 0 0 0 2
Feb. 21 0 0 0 2
Feb. 14 0 0 0 2
Feb. 7 0 0 0 2
Jan. 31 0 0 0 2
Jan. 24 0 0 0 2
Jan. 17 0 0 0 2
Jan. 10 0 2 2 2
Jan. 3 0 0 0 0

Please click here for information on how the university will respond to surges in COVID-19 cases.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Saint Mary’s expects all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated, unless a medical or non-medical exemption is filed. Information on the process for proof of vaccination or for filing an exemption are posted in the health portal. 

While technically, any of the vaccines meet the vaccination requirement, as a Lasallian Catholic university, it is important to offer the guidance and the perspective of the Catholic Church on vaccines. As such, the following resources may be helpful:

Proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a medical or non-medical exemption should be filed in the health portal for all students, faculty, and staff.

Log in to the health portal

This portal is FERPA and HIPAA compliant. Faculty, staff, and students can use their Saint Mary’s username and password to log in.

To submit proof of vaccination:

  1. Select “My Forms” and then click “COVID-19 Immunization History.”
  2. Select the type of vaccination and date(s) received.
  3. Upload an image of your vaccination card (i.e., a picture from your phone).
  4. Click “Submit.”

To file an exemption:

  1. Select “My Forms” and then click “COVID-19 Immunization History.”
  2. Respond "Yes" to the question, "Do you plan on waiving the COVID-19 Vaccine requirement?".
  3. Access forms to obtain a medical or non-medical exemption.
  4. Upload completed forms (i.e., a picture from your phone)
    • Medical exemptions will require a doctor’s statement.
    • Non-medical exemptions will require a notarized signature.
  5. Click “Submit.”

Reporting a COVID-19 Case

To mitigate against the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses, Saint Mary’s has adopted the following reporting protocols. If you live, work, learn, or are otherwise on campus, you must report if you test positive for COVID-19, if you have symptoms of COVID-19, or if you are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Students at the College should report this information (with appropriate dates) to covid@smumn.edu; students at SGPP should report this information (with appropriate dates) to studentcentral@smumn.edu; and faculty and staff should report this information (with appropriate dates) to hr@smumn.edu.

Isolation and Quarantine

Isolation Information

If a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, the student or employee should isolate at home or as directed by the COVID-19 Case Management Team (in the case of a student at the College) for at least five (5) days after symptoms started or five (5) days from the date of a positive COVID-19 test.

If the student or employee has symptoms, the student or employee should stay in isolation until all three of the following are true:

  • It has been five (5) days since the student or employee first felt sick. Day zero is the day symptoms started. Day one (1) is the first full day after symptoms began.
  • The student or employee has had no fever (Temperature is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or lower) for at least 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fevers.
  • The student or employee feels better. Any cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms the student or employee had experienced have improved since symptoms started on day zero.

If the student or employee does not have symptoms, the student or employee should stay in isolation and away from others for five (5) days after the positive test date. Day zero is the day the student got tested.

  • If the student or employee develops symptoms during this time, the student or employee must start isolation over. Day zero is the day symptoms start. Day one (1) is the first full day after symptoms began. Refer to the above section above on what to do if you have symptoms.

After the isolation period ends, the student should continue to do the following for another five (5) days:

  • Wear a well-fitting mask, preferably an N95 or KN95 mask, or double up on a cloth mask.
  • Avoid others at risk for getting extremely sick from the COVID-19 virus, including older adults, those living in long-term care facilities, and people with health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, or weakened immune systems.
  • Avoid places where a mask needs to be removed to participate in an activity (e.g., gyms, restaurants) and avoid eating near others at home and work. Use grab-and-go options in the dining hall.
  • Avoid travel. If travel is required, wear a well-fitting mask.

See here for more isolation guidance.

Quarantine Information

The university will quarantine students who live on the Winona Campus and are a close contact of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. The university requires other students attending in-person, on-ground courses and all employees to quarantine if they are a close contact of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. Close contact includes:

  • Living in the same residence hall room as an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19;
  • Caring for a sick person with COVID-19;
  • Being within six (6) feet of an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes during a 24-hour time period starting from two (2) days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic individuals, two (2) days prior to a positive specimen collection) until the time the individual is isolated; or
  • Being in direct contact with secretions from a sick person with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.).

If a student or employee is a close contact, the student or employee does not need to quarantine if:

  • The student or employee has completed ALL recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine when eligible, including a booster or additional doses. Refer to CDC: Stay Up to Date with Your Vaccines.
  • The student or employee had COVID-19 in the past three months. Refer to CDC: COVID-19 Testing: What You Need to Know.

After exposure to the virus, these students or employees must:

  • Wear a well-fitting mask for ten (10) days when around others, even at home, preferably an N95 or KN95 mask, or double up on a cloth mask. The ten (10) days start from the day after the student’s or employee’s last close contact with someone with COVID-19. The actual day of close contact is counted as day zero.
  • Get tested at least five (5) days after close contact. If the student or employee tests positive, the student or employee must now follow isolation recommendations at If You Are Sick or Test Positive. The student or employee must start counting for the isolation period, with day zero being the date of the positive COVID-19 test.
  • Watch for symptoms for 10 days after close contact. If symptoms develop, stay home and away from others (isolate) and test immediately for COVID-19. Start counting again from day zero (day one (1) is the first full day after symptoms start) and follow the CDC’s isolation recommendations at If You Are Sick or Test Positive. This includes people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three (3) months, even if they are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Avoid travel. If travel is required, wear a well-fitting mask, preferably an N95 or KN95, or double up on a cloth mask.
  • Avoid places where the student or employee may need to remove a mask (e.g., gyms, restaurants). Use grab-and-go options in the dining hall.
  • Continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others, preferably an N95 or KN95, or double up on a cloth mask.

If a student or employee is a close contact, the student or employee must quarantine if:

  • The student or employee is not vaccinated.
  • The student or employee is not up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations. “Not up to date” means the student or employee has completed a primary COVID-19 vaccine series, but has not yet received the booster, or the student or employee has received only one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Refer to CDC: Stay Up to Date with Your Vaccines.

For a student who does need to quarantine, the following protocols apply:

  • Wear a well-fitting face mask for ten days whenever the student or employee is around other people, even at home. Refer to CDC: Improve How Your Mask Protects You.
  • Stay in quarantine for five (5) full days. The actual day of close contact is counted as day zero.
  • Test on day five (5).
    • If the student or employee tests positive, the student or employee must now follow the CDC’s isolation recommendations at If You Are Sick or Test Positive. The student or employee must start counting for the isolation period with day zero being the date of the positive COVID-19 test. The student or employee does not get credit for any days spent in quarantine.
    • If the student or employee tests negative, finish the full five (5) days in quarantine.

On days six (6) through 10:

  • Avoid people who are immunocompromised, or at high risk of severe disease and settings where the student may find these people.
  • Avoid travel. If travel is required, wear a well-fitting mask, preferably an N95 or KN95, or double up on a cloth mask.
  • Avoid places where the student or employee may need to remove a mask (e.g., gyms, restaurants). Use grab-and-go options in the dining hall.
  • Continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others, preferably a KN95 or KF94, or double up on a cloth mask.

See here for more quarantine guidance.

See here for the CDC Isolation and Quarantine Calculator: A tool to help determine how long you need to isolate, quarantine, or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing for College students is available on the Winona Campus through the Wellness Center. Testing will be available by appointment Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Other Minnesota students and all employees can find COVID-19 testing locations here.

Students or employees tested off-campus should notify covid@smumn.edu they are awaiting test results and of their result once available.

Every home in Minnesota is eligible to order two rapid at-home COVID-19 test kits (four tests total) for free, while supplies last. Students on the Winona Campus can order these tests using their Saint Mary’s addresses here. The test will be shipped to the student’s mailbox here on campus. Other Minnesota students and employees can order tests here using their home address in Minnesota. The tests will be shipped to their home address

Order at home testing kits from the federal government here.

Masking

Please check Today here for the most recent guidance on masking.

Effective March 11, 2022, masks are no longer required on any campus with the following exceptions:

  • During classes: Faculty may require students to wear masks during class and lab time. Faculty will be asked to notify their classes about their requirements. Students must respect and comply with masking requirements from faculty.
  • In individual offices or departments: Masks may be required in individual offices, at the discretion of individual employees.
  • At other large events/gatherings: Masks may be required at events in university theaters or other large events or gatherings, as determined by the university.
  • In the Wellness Center on the Winona Campus.

Visitors are expected to follow the same masking requirements as students and employees.

All members of the Saint Mary’s community are expected to keep a mask with them at all times and follow masking requirements when notified or when indicated signage.

The university supports everyone who chooses to wear a mask even when it is not required. Everyone is expected to respect individual choices about masking, remembering, for example, that people may choose to mask because they are simply uncomfortable without a mask, they are immunocompromised, or they have small children at home who cannot be vaccinated.

COVID-19 Self-Screening

COVID-19 Self-Checker

The self-checker may indicate you should be tested for COVID-19 or see a medical provider.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Effective March 14, 2022, the university will cease all contact tracing investigations for students and employees who test positive for COVID-19. After that date, students and employees must notify their close contacts. Failure to do so will constitute a violation of university COVID-19 protocols.

Close contacts are people you have been within six (6) feet of for 15 minutes or more during the 48 hours prior to the onset of your symptoms or prior to your positive COVID-19 test. Your close contacts should watch for symptoms, get tested, and follow the recommended quarantine guidance. You should provide your close contacts with these instructions so that they can take steps to protect themselves, their families, and the Saint Mary’s community. Students and employees who are close contacts are expected to follow the guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health. Failure to do so will constitute a violation of university COVID-19 protocols.

If a student on the Winona Campus is a close contact and needs quarantine housing or academic accommodations, the student should contact covid@smumn.edu immediately after notification that they are a close contact.

Resources:

COVIDaware MN mobile app

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contact tracing infographic

Minnesota Department of Health guidance on contact tracing

Community Guests and Friends

Visitors to any Saint Mary’s campus must follow the COVID-19 protocols for the university. Saint Mary’s has reopened its walking trails and The Woods Disc Golf Course on the Winona Campus to the general public. In addition, the grounds of the Winona Campus are open to the general public for walking and running. The public and all guests are asked to maintain social distance with other users.

Saint Mary’s appreciates your patience and understanding at this time.

Resources:

Saint Mary's University's efforts to respond to COVID-19 are informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and several other organizations.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH):

Vaccination Resources:

Other Resources:

Communications and News

Protocols: High COVID-19 Community Transmission Levels

COVID-19: Easter Break Precautions
April 13, 2022

Weekly COVID-19 updates
Mar. 30, 2022

Contract Tracing Protocols Revised
Mar. 11, 2022

Possible adjustment to masking requirement (March 2022)
Mar. 4, 2022

Update your COVID-19 vaccination information
Feb. 23, 2022

Spring break is coming…COVID-19 precautions
Fen. 23, 2022

Adjusted masking requirements for Winona Campus
Feb. 17, 2022

Upload COVID-19 vaccination booster info to health portal
Feb. 17. 2022

The lay low period at the College is over. Now what?
Feb. 2, 2022

COVID-19 protocols for February
Feb. 2, 2022

Reporting: student who test positive for COVID-19
Jan. 25, 2022

Free COVID-19 tests available to students
Jan. 25, 2022

Do you want to avoid quarantine?
Jan 18, 2022

New quarantine and isolation protocols
Jan. 15, 2022

Mandatory COVID-19 testing event scheduled
Jan. 14, 2022

Staying safe and spring semester updates
Dec. 17, 2021

Pre-Christmas COVID-19 testing event
Dec. 14, 2021

Results: Winona Campus mandatory COVID-19 testing event
Dec. 14. 2021

IMPORTANT: Mandatory COVID-19 testing for students
Dec. 3, 2021

Recommit to COVID protocols
Dec. 3. 2021

Changes to mask mandate based on successful vaccination rate
Nov. 8, 2021

No immediate change in mask mandate
Oct. 7, 2021

Health portal open for COVID-19 vaccination requirement
Sept. 1, 2021

COVID-19 update following FDA approval
Aug. 23, 2021

COVID-19 additional clarification on protocols
Aug. 13, 2021

COVID-19 fall protocols updated
Aug. 4, 2021

COVID-19 update
July 30, 2021