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Campus Parking

The Department of Public Safety will continue to offer free surface lot parking to all students, staff, and faculty to begin the spring semester. If you choose to park in our surface lots, you will not need to display a permit or register you vehicle through the parking services site; however, we strongly suggest registering your vehicle with contact information so DPS staff can get a hold of you if there are any issues with your vehicle.

We will continue to monitor the surface lots and may require permits later in the semester. If we determine permits are necessary later in the semester, we will provide ample notice and opportunity to purchase them.

Spring semester underground permits for both the Oren Gateway and Luther garages are available for purchase on the Parking Services website. Permit prices are listed on the Department of Public Safety parking webpage.

Please email publicsafety@augsburg.edu with any questions.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces reduces the germs in an area and possible spread of COVID-19. Custodial Services is cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces throughout each day. Some areas across campus have cleaning materials that individuals may use before and after spending time in an area. Please put in a custodial request to refill hand sanitizer in building dispensers if they’re empty as well as for more disinfectant wipes, towels, and spray for cleaning up common spaces in offices and similar shared spaces after use.

The best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before using an area and afterward. Carry hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes so you may clean an area before (for your health) and after (for the next person’s health) use. 

COVID-19 Testing

Key points for spring semester 2021:

  • Testing is available at several locations for no cost.
  • The most effective time to get a test is 5-7 days after exposure.
  • When transmission rates are high, individuals should consider periodic testing (e.g., weekly) even if there is no known exposure.
  • Staff, faculty, and student workers may use their work hours to get periodic COVID-19 tests.

The availability of COVID-19 testing has improved significantly since last fall. Tests are now available in Minnesota to anyone who wants one—you do not need to have symptoms or an exposure to someone with the virus. Of course, if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, you should get a test.

The most effective time to get a test is 5-7 days after exposure. The incubation period for COVID-19 is two to 14 days. If you get tested immediately after an exposure, the virus level may still be too low to be detected, resulting in a negative test result even though you may still develop COVID-19.

Regular testing. When transmission levels are high in the area, many people report getting COVID-19 without knowing where or how they were exposed. Getting tested on a regular basis (e.g., every 5-7 days) even if you don’t have symptoms can help identify people who are infected even before they have symptoms and ensure they isolate early to avoid spreading the virus to others.

Testing locations in the area:

  • Testing is available 12:30-4 p.m. Mondays at the People’s Center across the street from campus. This is a throat-swab test and is available whether or not you have health insurance. Please fill out this form once to be tested as many times as you need.
  • The state of Minnesota offers fast and accurate at-home saliva testing, at no cost, to any person who feels they need a test.
  • The Minnesota Department of Health also operates community testing centers across the state. These are saliva tests and require no identification or insurance. Appointments are recommended, but they accommodate walk-ins as well.
  • Several area pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals also offer tests. For more information, see this searchable map with locations, hours, and eligibility requirements.

Negative COVID-19 Test Results

According to the CDC, if you receive a negative result from a COVID-19 test result, that means that you probably were not infected at the time the sample was collected. You should continue to take precautions against COVID-19, including washing your hands often, keeping 6 feet of distance between yourself and those you do not live with, and wearing a mask in public.

In addition, the Minnesota Department of Health states that if you were in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, you need to stay home for 14 days after your last contact with that person, even if your test result is negative. This is to avoid exposing others if your test result was a false negative. If you develop symptoms after your negative test result, you will need to get tested again.

COVID-19 Vaccines

The Minnesota COVID-19 Response site offers information on the COVID-19 vaccine, including who is eligible and where the vaccine is being offered. You can also sign up for Vaccine Connector, which will alert you when you are eligible to receive a vaccine and connect you to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment. MPR News offers helpful tips in “How to find a COVID-19 vaccine in Minnesota.”

For more information COVID-19 vaccines, please visit Vaccine Info.

Dining

There are two dining options open to faculty, staff, and students. Einstein’s provides hot sandwiches and coffee drinks along with chilled beverages and grab-and-go items. Payment at Einstein’s is limited to Flex points, meal replacement, and credit cards. Christensen Center Commons offers grab-and-go items for all meals as well as expanded hot breakfast and lunch service. The Commons accepts all meal plans, including Flex points, and credit cards. There are no cash transactions at either location at this time.

Kafe Kafeega in the Hagfors Center and Nabo are temporarily closed.

Face Coverings

All students, staff, and faculty must wear face coverings in any common areas (anywhere outside of an individual office or residential unit) while on Augsburg property, even after being fully vaccinated. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz mandated, beginning on Saturday, July 25, 2020, that face coverings be worn in all public indoor spaces and indoor businesses as well as outdoors when physical distancing is not possible to maintain. “You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace,” according to the CDC guidelines for vaccinated people.  

Hand Hygiene

Frequent hand washing is critical throughout the day. The recommended length of time to wash hands is a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water. Hand sanitizer is available at the entrances of buildings on campus and may be used as a supplement when using soap and water is not possible. Augburg provided a portable, refillable bottle of hand sanitizer to each employee at the beginning of the semester. These bottles can be refilled at hand sanitizing stations around campus.   

When you use a tissue, promptly throw it away and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

HINT: Use the mantra: BEFORE AND AFTER. Wash your hands (or use hand sanitizer) before and after every activity – class, eating, using the restroom, etc. Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you for easy access. 

Helpline

The Augsburg University Helpline is available to handle questions from faculty, staff, and students.

Email: helpline@augsburg.edu

Phone: 612-474-3100

Submit a question using the online form

Information Technology

LFCs and User Support staff are available and their contact info is listed below.  

Mental Health

This is a stressful time. As such, it can raise or increase stress, feelings of isolation or fear, anxiety, sadness, and loneliness. When we’re stressed or anxious, we can experience changes in sleep or eating patterns, difficulty sleeping or concentrating, and/or increase our use of tobacco and/or other substances. 

Here are some links to the Center for Wellness and Counseling website for information that may assist you and others. 

Manage Health and Stress Management Apps and Podcasts 

Coping with COVID resources 

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing is a crucial part of monitoring your own health and safety. The appropriate distance between two individuals is 6 feet away, approximately two arm lengths away from each other indoors and outdoors. Physical distancing reduces the spread of COVID-19. 

In order to maintain appropriate physical distancing of 6 feet between you and anyone else, each public area on campus has an occupancy count set for the room. The occupancy listed for the space is the maximum number of people allowed for safety. Also, circles placed 6 feet apart on the floor in public areas delineate the recommended distance between community members. 

Physical Health

The gymnasium and athletics fitness centers will be open to all students, staff, and faculty (no guests). The facilities are managed on a first-come-first-served basis, and the number of people will be limited to allow for proper distancing. Those entering the facilities must wear sign in, display their Campus Clear app, and have their temperature taken. Masks are required at all times when using the athletic facilities, including during exercise.

The fitness center is currently closed. Augsburg University Athletics provides several links to at-home workouts that can be done with minimal or no equipment. 

Quarantine and Isolation

Quarantine is required when you might have been or were exposed to COVID-19. It helps prevent community spread. Even if you do not feel sick or have COVID-related symptoms, you need to stay home, separate yourself from others, and monitor your health. You need to quarantine if you were within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes; you had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, kissed); you shared eating utensils or drank from the same container; they sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you; or you provided care at home to someone who tested positive. 

Stay home and monitor your health for 14 days after your last contact with the person who tested positive. 

If you are in quarantine, you need to complete the following online form. 

The form is monitored by the Augsburg Response Team, led by Alicia Quella, who is an epidemiologist, program director and department chair of the Physician Assistant program and associate professor at Augsburg University. A member of the Response Team will contact you to see how you are feeling, answer any questions you may have, and provide you with resources if needed. 

Consider speaking with family, extended family, and friends and make a plan for what you will do if you may have been or were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and need to quarantine yourself. 

Isolation is required when you test positive for COVID-19. Isolating yourself from others helps prevent community spread. Anyone who tests positive — those with symptoms and those who are asymptomatic — needs to separate themselves from others. 

Guidelines from the CDC state that the isolation period exists for a minimum of 10 days and may be discontinued 10 days after the first symptom, resolution of a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and improvement of any additional symptoms. The isolation period for individuals with no symptoms is 10 days after receiving the positive test. Employees may return to work after being cleared by MDH. A negative COVID test is not required.

Reporting a Diagnosis, Exposure, or Symptoms

As an employee, you may be informed by a student that they have symptoms of, have been exposed to, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or you yourself may receive a diagnosis, suffer from COVID-19 symptoms, or be informed that you have been exposed to the coronavirus. Here are the steps to take in these instances.

This decision tree is used to determine the need to isolate or quarantine.

Signage

Do your part to keep the Augsburg community healthy. Use COVID-19 sign templates to provide clear instructions and practices to minimize potential virus transmission. Visit the COVID-19 signage page to view designs that are available for download, place an order for floor markers, request a new signage template, or inquire about a custom graphic.

Student Employees

As with our regular employees, we support extending to student workers the opportunity to work remotely when possible and appropriate. Work assignments may continue on campus, too, so long as the supervisor agrees, health guidelines and protocols are observed, and the student remains well. 

Symptom Screening – Daily

#CampusClear is a brief self-screening free application for iPhone and for Android that everyone in the Augsburg community must complete daily. Self-screening is an easy action to take and one that is critical in helping reduce the spread of COVID-19. Tip: Set an alarm on your phone that reminds you each day to complete the app. 

Updated September 23

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