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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Questions? please email atcccovid19@alextech.edu.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) News and Updates:


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions:

For Students

General

For Employees

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ATCC Quarantine Protocol Download ATCC Quarantine Protocol Document pdf

For Students

Mask-Wearing

Effective May 19, 2021, masks are no longer necessary on campus, except in cases where social distancing is not possible.

 

Email

It is critical you monitor your student email for announcements and information from instructors and staff. Email is the official method of communication.

 

Welcome/FAQs

Please visit alextech.edu/welcome to get answers to common questions.

 

If You Experience Symptoms of COVID-19:

If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health recommends:

  1. Stay at home for at least ten days from the time symptoms improved AND no fever for 24 hours (without fever reducing medications).
  2. Use the CDC website on how to Care for Yourself at Home with COVID-19.
  3. If your household contacts were exposed to you while you had symptoms, they should try to stay home as much as possible for 14 days
  • They should closely monitor their health, and if symptoms occur, they must isolate themselves. More guidance on this can be found here: MDH COVID-19 Basics
  • Use the CDC website for How to Minimize Spread

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General

What should I do if I am sick and diagnosed with COVID-19 or suspect I am infected with the virus that causes COVID-19? 

The CDC has provided this Fact Sheet outlining steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people: CDC COVID-19 Fact Sheet (PDF)

 

What can students, faculty and staff do to protect themselves and each other?

We encourage students, faculty and staff to practice respiratory (coughing and sneezing) etiquette and hand hygiene.  Those who feel sick are recommended to stay home until they are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick, and seek medical attention depending on the severity of the symptoms. 

 

Do I need to wear a mask in campus buildings?

Individuals who are not vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask, and to stay 6 feet from others.  Individuals who are vaccinated do not need to wear a mask, but may wish to wear one, and are welcome to do so.  


How do we know if everyone who isn’t wearing a mask is vaccinated? 

We don’t know, but according to the CDC and MDH, you are safe if you are vaccinated.  We strongly encourage all members of the campus community/system office to help keep everyone safe and healthy by getting vaccinated, wearing a mask if they are not vaccinated or simply choose to do so, staying home if they are sick or not feeling well, washing their hands often, and practicing good hand, cough, and sneeze hygiene.

 

Why isn’t Minnesota State requiring all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated?

Minnesota State is following the guidance from the State of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Health on vaccinations of our students and employees. Currently the State of Minnesota is not requiring vaccinations. We are, however, strongly encouraging our employees and students to get vaccinated. In addition, a number of our colleges and universities have been working with MDH to offer vaccination clinics to their faculty, staff, students, and campus communities, and are developing strategies to offer additional clinics prior to fall term.

 

Why isn’t Minnesota State requiring masks on its campuses or in the system office?

Governor Walz’s Executive Order 21-23 states that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask, and all people who have not been vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in accordance with MDH and CDC recommendations until they are fully vaccinated.  These guidelines are also supported by the CDC and the MDH.  As noted above, according to the CDC and MDH, you are safe if you are vaccinated.

 

I’m not comfortable knowing people who likely aren’t vaccinated aren’t wearing a mask.  What are my options?

Anyone who wishes to do so can wear a mask for self-protection.  In addition, we strongly encourage all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to wear a mask if they are not vaccinated or simply choose to do so, stay home if they are sick or not feeling well, wash their hands, and practice good hand, cough, and sneeze hygiene.  Again, according to the CDC and MDH, you are safe if you are vaccinated. We strongly encourage all members of the campus community/system office to help keep everyone safe and healthy by getting vaccinated.

 

Are there social distancing requirements on campus?

No.  The governor’s most recent executive order removed directed social distancing measures for higher education.

 

Where can I find more information?

Several resources are available:

 

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For Employees

Please see FAQs provided by Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB) Be Ready MN

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Alexandria Technical & Community College, herein called “College,” holds as paramount the health, safety and welfare of every member of its community. The 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. Our 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 Alexandria Technical & Community College is a shared responsibility. Every member of our community – including you – must do their part.