COVID-19 Weekly Update: February 9, 2021

The College sends COVID-19 dashboard updates and a tip to students, faculty, and staff every week.
Posted on February 9th, 2021 by

TO: The Gustavus Community

FROM: COVID19 Response Leadership Team

SUBJECT: COVID19 Weekly Update

DATE: February 9, 2021

Please see below for the COVID19 weekly tip and on-campus case update. As a reminder, these emails are now being sent to the community on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the spring.


This week’s dashboard numbers below indicate a significant increase in cases from last Friday. Of the increase in cases, the majority fall under the “discordant result” criteria outlined below.


Athletic practices and competitions have begun under strict NCAA and MIAC COVID protocols. For the 25% of our students involved in athletics, being able to practice and compete is an important aspect of their college experience. Since it is not possible for most sports to hold competition while also maintaining physical distance, athletes are now following stricter COVID protocols. These protocols include athletes still needing to wear masks and remain physically distant when possible, daily screening by an Athletic Trainer for symptoms, and regular testing. Athletes are expected to follow all campus COVID protocols at all other times outside of approved sport-specific situations.


Each week, Gustavus athletes are tested at least once and many are tested more than once. We have learned that some tests of athletes that are returned as positive cannot be verified as positive via another test. This is known as a discordant test result. The Minnesota Department of Health has developed a protocol for what happens when we receive a discordant positive test result.

For the safety of our student athletes and campus and with the approval of the Minnesota Department of Health, we will treat all positive tests as positive cases and initiate our isolation and close contact protocols. The Athletic Training staff, Health Service staff, and case management team work closely with student athletes and coaches who may be affected by such a situation to determine if they meet criteria to be released early.

We are working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health and will continue to assess these athletics COVID protocols.

As of February 8, 2021

Total Positive Cases (since August 15): 247

Current Positive Student Cases: 32

Current Positive Employee Cases: 3

Total Students in Isolation/Quarantine: 112

Students in Isolation/Quarantine On Campus: 40

Employees in Isolation/Quarantine: 10

This data set is meant to encompass the on-campus impact of COVID19 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 COVID19 Dashboard.

As always, if you have any questions, please consult the College’s COVID19 website and email


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