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Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, MN

COVID-19 Guidelines

FDLTCC Cares about your Wellness and Safety

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College requires all employees, students, vendors, and visitors to wear a well-fitted mask inside campus buildings.

Campus Protocols

Carlton County and the surrounding area is experiencing high transmission of the highly contagious Omicron variant of COVID-19. Given the prevalence of this virus, it is safe to assume we have all been exposed or will be exposed. Please consider the following points and adjust your behavior accordingly:

  • Get vaccinated or boosted. Information from hospitals throughout the area indicate that those needing hospitalization and/or extraordinary measures (i.e. Intensive Care) are those unvaccinated or those with several comorbidities that exacerbate COVID.
  • Stay at home if you are sick. This includes cold-like symptoms in addition to more severe symptoms of sickness including fever.
  • If you are sick, get tested for COVID-19. There are several local options for testing including Med X in Cloquet and the DECC in Duluth. Click here to find a testing location near you.
  • Wear a quality, well-fitted mask such as a KN95. Masks are required on campus and should be worn to cover the mouth and the nose.
  • If you are positive for COVID-19, you need to isolate for 5 days. You may return to campus on day 6 if your symptoms are improving and you have no fever for 24 hours without taking any fever-reducing medication. Wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings for 10 days after you test positive for COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands often
  • If you have had a known close contact for COVID-19, follow these instructions from MDH.

As a community we are all responsible for implementing this plan. Together we are stronger, we are healthier, we are resilient.

Minnesota State COVID-19 Dashboard

As one of many strategies we are using to protect health and safety, and in the interest of transparency, Minnesota State has developed a dashboard that includes tracking and reporting both college and system wide data on cases of COVID-19. The dashboard will present data that aligns with by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) guidance and reflect reporting by system colleges and universities. Follow this link to the web page where you can find the Minnesota State dashboard.

FDLTCC COVID Response Policy and Procedures:
Additional Resources

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Information

Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 Information

If you have any questions or concerns contact the COVIDResponseteam@fdltcc.edu

 

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Imagine that you test positive for COVID-19. You tell your friends and family that you may have been in contact with, but how do you inform that people that you don’t know? Minnesota’s free exposure notification app, COVIDaware MN, will help us all do our part.

Plus, the app notifies you if you’ve been near someone who tested positive for COVID-19. If you test positive, you can use the app to anonymously notify anyone you’ve been near.

It’s easy to download Minnesota’s COVID-19 exposure notification app here. The app is free and does not collect any personal information or track your location.

An informational fact sheet is available by clicking here and the app’s privacy information is here. (pdf files)

VACCINE REQUIREMENTS

Students who live in on-campus facilities and students who participate in intercollegiate athletics must provide vaccination attestation or participate in weekly testing. Students may also be required to be vaccinated as directed by clinical or internships sites. FDLTCC is not requiring any extracurricular activities subject to proof of vaccination and testing requirements.  Minnesota State employees on all campuses and in the system office, including student workers, are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status or participate in weekly testing for COVID-19 if the employee:

  • Is assigned to the workplace (campus, system office, etc.), or
  • Wishes to access the workplace (campus, system office, etc.) for more than 10 minutes, or
  • Otherwise provides Minnesota State college and university services outside the staff member’s home

 

Vaccine Connector

The Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector tool helps Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

After you fill out a simple form, the Vaccine Connector will:

    • alert you when you are eligible to receive a vaccine;
    • connect you to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment; and
    • notify you if there are vaccine opportunities in your area.

 

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Face Masks

Well-fitted masks are an effective mitigation effort to prevent respiratory illness. Face coverings are no longer required in the State of Minnesota, but well-fitted masks are required indoors at FDLTCC. People who are not yet vaccinated are strongly encouraged to where a well-fitted mask.

 

Social Distance

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Handwashing
  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water. Wash for at least 20 seconds.
  • Always wash your hands after being in a public place.
  • Always wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Use hand sanitizers on the hands only. Never use them on larger body surfaces, and never swallow or breathe them in.
  • Do not make hand sanitizers into something you can spray into the air. This is dangerous to your health and can catch fire.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Throw used tissues in the trash.

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Facilities

  • Regular housekeeping practices are being implemented, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of work surfaces, equipment, tools and machinery, vehicles and areas in the campus environment, including classrooms, labs, restrooms, common areas, break rooms, meeting rooms, and drop-off and pick-up locations. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will be conducted in high-touch areas, such as phones, keyboards, touch screens, controls, door handles, elevator panels, railings, printers and copy machines, credit card readers, delivery equipment, etc.
  • Cleaning schedule will be on a daily basis by maintenance staff. This includes restrooms, classrooms, offices and common areas.
  • Students and employees are responsible for wiping down their personal work areas or any equipment that was used after they have completed their daily instruction.
  • Maintenance will be using several different approved products to disinfect areas around the college. Disinfecting wipes will be available to all staff and students in classroom, computer lab, labs, and common areas.
  • Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace: https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/safework

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Wellness

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The stress of the pandemic takes it’s toll on everyone.
Taking care of yourself is more important than ever during these times.
  • Supporting Mental Well-being during COVID-19
    Tips to reduce anxiety and stay connected, including resources to support senior mental well-being in congregate living and tools for public health responders.
  • If someone you know is in crisis, use Crisis Text Line by texting MN to 741741.
  • FDLTCC will be implementing various wellness programs during the 2020-2021 academic year to support the college community. All community members will be welcome to participate in the programs offered.
COVID-19 Notice

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College holds as paramount the health, safety, and welfare of every member of its community. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, however, cannot guarantee a COVID-19-free environment. Unfortunately, the risk of COVID-19 exposure exists in all public places where people are present. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is taking all recommended steps to mitigate this risk, but we cannot categorically guarantee you will not get sick. Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is a shared responsibility and every member of our campus community must do their part. Understand that if you return to the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College campus, there is a risk you may contract COVID-19 and that illness, injury, or death is a possible result.

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty, staff, and members of our campus community. All campus community members are responsible for implementing and complying with all aspects of the listed guidelines.

All community members are asked to respect these guidelines. Persons not following these guidelines may be asked to leave the campus or college activity. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College faculty, supervisors, and staff have the full support of college administration in the enforcement of these guidelines.

 

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College has developed a Preparedness Plan for students while on campus or at off-campus college activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This plan utilizes the abundance of guidance offered by the Minnesota Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, and local public health offices.

Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 on our campus or at college activities. By working together, we will protect our college community including the tribal communities we serve. To accomplish this will require full cooperation among students, faculty, staff, visitors, and other members of our campus community. We are all responsible for implementing this plan. Only through a cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of our campus community. All campus community members are responsible for implementing and complying with the Preparedness Plan. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College leaders and supervisors have our full support in enforcing the provisions of this policy.

 

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