IMPORTANT COVID-19 POLICY CHANGES COMING TO CSP (St. Paul and Portland Campuses)

The New Year has started with a flurry of national, regional and local news surrounding COVID-19, and campus administration has quickly adapted its policies to match the new federal, state and city guidelines.

With the increased spread of the Omicron variant combined with the guidance regarding vaccinations, Concordia is encouraging students and employees to get a booster shot if already vaccinated and eligible; and for those who have yet to complete the first vaccination series to do so. 

MDH VACCINE LOCATOR | MDH BOOSTER LOCATOR

Please review this email carefully for how policies will be adapted on the St. Paul campus for students and employees:

  • Required mask usage to start spring 2022 term, effective Friday, January 7 in accordance with the City of St. Paul mask requirement for licensed businesses.
  • Classes will continue to meet face-to-face without further alteration or disruption.
  • Seating charts and classroom close contacts will not be reported due to little-to-no classroom spread in the previous 18 month of inclass education.
  • Close contacts will continue to be determined through athletic participation, dorm & residence life settings, choir, theater and unique circumstances in academics (such as labs).
  • CSP will continue to follow CDC & MDH guidance, adopting the latest CDC approach to COVID-19 positive isolation and close contact quarantine. More important information is below on the impacts of vaccinations, booster shots and how close contact quarantines are impacted.
  • Symptoms continue to be the leading indicator of COVID-19. If you are sick, please stay home and notify your professors. If symptoms are COVID-19 related, pursue a COVID-19 test and complete the COVID-19 reporting form.
  • Follow COMET’S COMMITMENT by continuing frequent and thorough handwashing, wearing a mask when in common public areas on campus, and monitoring your health.
  • If you have been sick with COVID-19, are currently waiting for test results, experiencing symptoms and plan to take a COVID-19 test, or have been instructed to quarantine as a close contact, please complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form with as much information as possible.

UPDATED CDC ISOLATION & QUARANTINE GUIDANCE – FULLY VACCINATED DEFINITIONS (effective January 10, 2022)

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) adjusted its quarantine and isolation guidance in January of 2022, including adjusted definitions for what constitutes a “fully vaccinated” individual against COVID-19. Below is information about quarantine & isolation guidance. Questions can be directed to CSP Contact Tracing via email at contacttracing@csp.edu.

The CDC now considers an individual “fully vaccinated” if they have received the booster shot and the full series of initial vaccinations (2 shots of Moderna/Pfizer; 1 shot of Johnson & Johnson) or are within 6 months of receiving the initial series of Moderna (2 shots), 5 months of Pfizer (2 shots) or 2 months of Johnson & Johnson (1 shot). Once an individual is eligible for a booster and has not had the additional dose, they are no longer considered “fully vaccinated.”

It is important to emphasize the importance of the symptoms-based reporting. CSP aims to keep students in the classroom and to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Honest, accurate reporting of symptoms is vital to this process, and students are expected to monitor their health.

COVID-19 POSITIVE ISOLATION GUIDANCE

  • Five full days of isolation from the start of symptoms. If symptoms develop after the positive test is reported, please notify Contact Tracing (contacttracing@csp.edu) via email so we can adjust your timeline.
  • Symptom onset date is considered “Day 0”
  • On the sixth day at 10 a.m., a student will receive a brief symptom health assessment (3 questions)
  • Must remain fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
  • If symptoms persist, the student should communicate with Contact Tracing (contacttracing@csp.edu) on an updated return to campus timeline
  • Upon completing the symptom form, a member of Contact Tracing will submit an official clearance notification announcing it is ok to return to class, their dorm room and general campus activity
  • Required to wear a well-fitting mask for 5 days around others and in public after clearance, up to 10 days following symptom onset. The date will be communicated on the clearance notification that will also be sent to faculty and key campus officials
  • Individuals unable or unwilling to wear a mask will need to continue isolation for 10 full days
  • Do not go places you are unable to wear a mask around others in the 10-day recovery period (such as restaurants, gyms unless you can mask and avoid eating/drinking around others)
  • Individuals are encouraged but not required to take an antigen test on the 5th day of isolation, please communicate with Contact Tracing if you decide to pursue an antigen test. This should only be done if asymptomatic and 24 hours fever-free without fever reducing medications.
  • Vaccination status has no impact on COVID-19 positive recovery. Individuals will be expected to accurately and honestly report their symptoms to Contact Tracing.
  • Students needing additional accommodations beyond the 10 day time frame may work with Student Accessibility Services (SAS@csp.edu).
  • Employees needing additional accommodations beyond 10 day time frame may work with Human Resources.

UPDATED CDC CLOSE CONTACT QUARANTINE GUIDANCE

WHO DOES NOT NEED TO QUARANTINE FOLLOWING CLOSE CONTACT EXPOSURE?

  • Less than 2 months since single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • Less than 6 months since second shot of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines
  • Vaccination dose(s) plus a booster shot
  • Had confirmed COVID-19 positive case within the last 90 days
  • Vaccinated close contacts are required to wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days from the most recent date of close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual
  • Taking a COVID-19 test is recommended on or after the 5th day since exposure
  • If symptoms develop, stay home, notify CSP Contact Tracing (contacttracing@csp.edu) and pursue a COVID-19 test

WHO DOES NEED TO QUARANTINE FOLLOWING CLOSE CONTACT EXPOSURE?

  • individuals who have not received any vaccination doses
  • individuals who had Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccination over 2 months ago and have not had a booster shot
  • individuals who had Moderna/Pfizer second shot vaccination over 6 months ago and have not had a booster shot

WHAT IS THE QUARANTINE PROCESS?

  • individuals should quarantine for 5 days following date of exposure (Exposure Date = Day 0)
  • may return if asymptomatic following a short health assessment (3 questions) emailed from Contact Tracing Team on Return to Campus date at 10 a.m.
  • must wait for official clearance notice following health assessment submission to leave quarantine space and return to campus
  • must wear a well-fitting mask, required through 10 days since exposure date per CDC guidelines (date will be provided in communications from Contact Tracing)
  • individuals who are unable or unwilling to wear a well-fitting mask following an asymptomatic 5-day quarantine should quarantine for the full 10 days
  • Do not go places you are unable to wear a mask around others in the 10-day recovery period (such as restaurants, gyms unless you can mask and avoid eating/drinking around others)
  • continue to monitor symptoms through 10 days post-exposure
  • if you develop symptoms, please stay home, pursue a COVID-19 test and notify Contact Tracing by email (contacttracing@csp.edu)
  • testing is recommended on the 5th day of quarantine, but not required

SOURCE: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html (updated Jan. 4, 2022)

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