What to Do if You Get Sick, Test Positive, or Have Been Exposed to COVID-19
Based on current campus case levels, the college is adopting procedures based on guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and CDC. Students can now return to classes, campus work, and campus activities for days 6-10 of their quarantine and isolation if their symptoms are improving, they have been fever-free for 24 hours, and they are feeling well. They must wear a well-fitting and high-quality mask. Competing athletes will need to follow specific guidance from their trainers.
*Please note, we previously sent out notifications to classrooms, athletic teams, and other groups when there is a potential exposure. The college is now asking students and employees to do their own contact tracing to the best of their abilities. If you are aware that you are a close contact, follow the instructions below. Call Helpline if your directions are to quarantine or if you are unsure of what category you fall into.
What to do if you test positive
Contact Helpline at 701-730-8304 for specific instructions.
If you test positive, you should isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms or date of the positive test if asymptomatic – but isolation can be broken into two phases: Day 0-5 (0 being the first day of symptoms/date of positive test if asymptomatic) and Day 6-10, with day 6-10 being less restrictive.
- Day 0-5 of Isolation: Stay home. No in-person class/work/activities and no guests.
- Day 6-10 of Isolation: You can leave your home to get grab-and-go food and other essential items, but you must wear a well-fitting mask. No group activities or guests. You may return to classes and campus work if your symptoms have improved, you are feeling well, and you have been fever-free for 24 hours.
- If symptoms are improving, and you have been fever-free for the past 24-hours, you can fully end isolation on day 11.
What to do if you are a close contact
Contact Helpline at 701-730-8304.
If you are a close contact with a positive case (spending 15 minutes or more while closer than 6 feet), you must quarantine. The length of quarantine depends on your vaccination status.
- If you are unvaccinated OR not up-to-date on their COVID vaccine (meaning you are eligible for a booster but have not received it): Quarantine for 10 days. You can get grab-and-go food (must wear a well-fitting mask). Get tested 5-7 days after last exposure.
- Day 0-5: No in-person class, Concordia work/activities, and no guests.
- Day 6-10: May return to classes and campus work if you have not developed any symptoms. No group activities and no guests.
- If symptom-free, you can end quarantine on day 11.
- If you are up-to-date on your vaccination (having received the full series of initial vaccine AND booster if eligible) and are symptom-free, you do not need to quarantine. Get tested 5-7 days after last exposure. Wear a tight-fitting mask in public spaces for 10 days.
- If you have recovered from a lab-confirmed COVID case in the past 90 days, you do not need to quarantine if you are symptom-free.
Quarantine for symptoms
Contact Helpline at 701.730.8304.
If you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, but you have not been identified as a close contact, you must quarantine while you await test results. Students will quarantine in place. With a negative test, you can end quarantine as long as you feel well.
If you have symptoms, are a close contact, or have tested positive
Students: Contact the COVID Student Helpline at 701.730.8304 or COVID19Helpline@cord.edu for specific details relating to next steps.
Employees: Contact Human Resources at 218.299.3339. Bemidji employees self-report by contacting Mollie Nelson, PhD, RN at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218.586.8777. Communicate with your supervisor for the need for leave or, when feasible, to make arrangements to perform responsibilities remotely.
- Fever (temperature>= 100.0 F) of chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
What counts as a close contact?
The CDC defines close contact as:
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over the course of 24 hours
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
- You shared eating or drinking utensils
- The infected person sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you