COVID-19 Weekly Update: January 26, 2021

The College sends COVID-19 dashboard updates and a tip to students, faculty, and staff every week.
Posted on January 26th, 2021 by

TO: The Gustavus Community

FROM: COVID-19 Response Leadership Team

SUBJECT: COVID-19 Weekly Update

DATE: January 26, 2021
Please see below for the COVID-19 weekly tip and on-campus case update.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommends that “anyone who is returning to a classroom or campus” get tested for COVID-19. As such, the Gustavus COVID-19 Leadership Team is strongly encouraging all students who were not on campus for January Term to get a COVID-19 test later this week before returning to campus. Getting a COVID-19 test with results before you return to campus will help protect the Gustavus community. Minnesota residents can explore free testing options at this Minnesota Department of Health webpage. Students residing in other states are encouraged to research and take advantage of testing opportunities in their local communities.
The College has a limited number of tests that will be available to students who are not able to test off campus. These will be made available to students only on a sign-up basis. These tests will be conducted on Tuesday, February 2.
Students, faculty, and staff are also reminded that the first two weeks of spring semester will be conducted under the College’s “Lay Low” guidelines. All courses will be delivered virtually with the exception of those with special permission. Please see the attached PDF with reminders about “Lay Low” procedures at Gustavus.
As of January 25, 2021

Total Positive Cases (since August 15): 204

Current Positive Student Cases: 4
Current Positive Employee Cases: 2
Total Students in Isolation/Quarantine: 8
Students in Isolation/Quarantine On Campus: 3
Employees in Isolation/Quarantine: 2
This data set is meant to encompass the on-campus impact of COVID-19 by counting cases where a person may have been on campus while infectious. For example, students who are living at home or employees who are working remotely and not visiting campus will not be counted in these on-campus numbers. This information is also available for viewing on the College’s COVID-19 Dashboard.
As always, if you have any questions, please consult the College’s COVID-19 website and email

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