Concordia Community,

We have a challenge ahead of us. The cases of COVID-19 in Cass and Clay counties are still climbing. Yesterday, the 14-day new cases per 10K people was at 54.5.  For comparison, that’s the highest the area has been since Dec. 25, 2020. The last time the county numbers were this high and still on the rise was Oct. 6 and a month later that number had more than doubled during one of the worst COVID-19 surges in our area.

Here is the good news. Right now, our campus numbers are low. We do expect them to rise some following spring/Easter break, since many will be doing their travel quarantine and testing.

Here is what needs to be done to finish the academic year strong and try to limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

  • Take advantage of the nicer weather and meet with friends outdoors.

  • If you traveled away from campus over break, lay low and get tested 5-7 days after your return date.

  • Think carefully about who you are around and where. Crowded restaurants and bars or large gatherings are not the place to be right now with case numbers this high.

  • Fill out your daily symptom checker and stay home if ill.

  • Get tested frequently to help catch asymptomatic cases.

  • If you have been vaccinated, keep protecting those around you by wearing your mask, social distancing and washing your hands frequently.

  • If you haven’t been vaccinated, don’t change any of those same good habits you’ve been doing these many months.

  • Get vaccinated if you are able. Everyone over 16 in both North Dakota and Minnesota is now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine and there are many appointments each week. (Note: Pay attention to the date if you will need a second dose and determine if you will still be in Fargo/Moorhead.)

We know, even with precautions there will be cases on campus and sometimes people who have been cautious will still get COVID-19. Let’s support each other as we make positive decisions to mitigate this virus.

Emergency Response Team