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UNW Response to Covid-19

Friday, February 26, 2021

Dear Students,

A big shout out to all involved in Emma, even those who have gone as audience members. I attended this past Saturday. It was entertaining, so refreshing and a wonderful display of talent. I am so proud that we are able to offer in person events such as this at UNW in a low-risk way!

Ok, now for a definition:

LAX: Lacking in rigor, strictness or firmness. Careless, loose, not controlled or slack.

As a community, we have maintained a low level of new COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the semester and COVID numbers continue to improve across MN.

  • Due to these facts, which President Cureton just announced, as a campus we are moving to the GREEN (low transmission levels of COVID-19) alert level which is worthy of celebration BUT this is not the time to get LAX.
  • There is uncertainty around the new variants of COVID-19 and there is still transmission of the virus in general each day. If cases of COVID-19 increase once again, we may need to move back to the YELLOW alert level.
  • Even though we are moving to GREEN we are still required to follow CDC and MDH guidelines, there are not a lot of changes in our daily operations. I recognize that we are all weary but let us continue diligently in our mitigation efforts:
    • wash/sanitize hands regularly
    • wear face coverings that fully cover both the nose/mouth
    • sit in the middle behind plexiglass barriers in dining areas
    • replace face coverings immediately after drinking/eating on campus and
    • maintain physical distancing.

A second definition:

CHILLAX: Being calm, relaxing and taking a break from the weekly grind. Possibly doing one or two things that you enjoy.

Make sure you take time to CHILLAX over Spring Break.

  • “The benefits of seeing something different, of taking a break from the usual responsibilities and routines, stimulates thinking and creativity, and gives us a fresh new perspective on what we face in day-to-day life,” says Lynn Bufka, a psychologist and senior director at the American Psychological Association.
  • In whichever way you decide to CHILLAX over break, continue to be strong in your mitigation efforts so that we can maintain in the GREEN alert level after Spring Break.

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Email Health Services at HealthServices@unwsp.edu or call the COVID Response Hotline at 651-631-5353 for further directions.

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Thinking of Traveling over Spring Break?

The Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC still highly discourage travel. If you do decide to travel, please consider the following:

Before traveling or even returning home, consider getting tested for COVID-19:

  • UNW Health Services has FREE PCR testing available—come pick up a kit from the Centre Point Clinic on Friday, February 26, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • We also have rapid testing available for a fee
    • Typically, we require an appointment but for testing prior to Spring Break we will be offering walk-in testing Monday, March 1, 1:30 p.m.–4:15 p.m. and Tuesday, March 2, 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
    • If it works better for you to make an appointment, call 651-631-5246 to schedule!
  • It is really important to know the testing requirements of where you are travelling to, and for returning – even if travelling domestically!
  • CDC has the following guidance for international travel (CDC Guidelines for Travel During COVID-19)
    • All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. Citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States.
  • If you travel domestically utilizing public transport or travel internationally, consider getting tested 5-7 days upon return.
    • In addition, since travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19, consider “laying low” for 7 days after your return and mainly go out just for non-optional activities (class, work, groceries, medical appointments, etc.). During this 7-day timeframe, follow mitigation guidelines very carefully and watch for symptoms of COVID-19 in order to take precautions to protect others.
    • UNW Health Services will once again have availability for walk-in rapid testing for a fee Thursday, March 18, 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and Friday, March 19, 1:00 p.m.–4:15 p.m. We will also have the free PCR tests available once again as well.
    • If experiencing symptoms or have had known close contact exposure, make an appointment earlier in the week after your return.

Have a blessed and relaxing Spring Break,

Anna Mukaria, PA-C, MPH
Director of COVID Operations
Physician Assistant

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