COVID-19 Weekly Update: November 9, 2021

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

Every Tuesday, the Gustavus COVID-19 Response Leadership Team will send out a weekly update that includes tips and reminders, policy updates, and information about on-campus COVID-19 cases. These messages are sent to all students, faculty, and staff along with Gustavus parents who have an email address on file with the College.


Updated Travel Policy: An updated Gustavus travel policy will go into effect on December 23, 2021. The main change to the policy is that all Gustavus students, faculty, and staff who are participating in a domestic College-sponsored trip of seven (7) days or more will be required to be vaccinated or have a documented medical exemption on record with the Gustavus Health Service.

Eating and Drinking: Eating and drinking is allowed when seated in public lounge spaces or any seating area in the public space of academic buildings and private offices. It is not allowed in hallways or classrooms before, during, or after class. Eating and drinking is also not allowed while standing or walking in buildings.

Masking: The Gustavus campus remains at Masking Level 2. Masks required in all indoor buildings except for Gustavus students in residence halls and for employees in their office with the door closed. This is based on the campus masking criteria because transmission in the surrounding counties and COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state are still high. Members of the Gustavus community are reminded that masks are to be worn snugly and over the nose.


As of November 8, 2021
Total Positive Cases (since August 15, 2021): 38
Current Positive Student Cases: 7
Current Positive Employee Cases: 1
Total Students in Isolation/Quarantine: 9
Students in Isolation/Quarantine On Campus:  6
Employees in Isolation/Quarantine: 1

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, along with statistics from the 2020-2021 academic year, is also available for viewing on the College’s COVID-19 Dashboard History page.

As always, if you have any questions, please consult the College’s COVID-19 website and email


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