Dear Concordia Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Today’s message addresses three topics: The campus risk level changing to orange, new mitigation following the governor’s order, and new hours for the student helpline.

Campus Risk Level

Our campus risk level is moving from yellow to orange. This change is primarily because of three external factors: extremely high case rates in our surrounding community (Cass and Clay counties), pressure on the healthcare system, and a noticeable lag for COVID-19 test results processed in North Dakota. Internal factors are continuing to be closely analyzed and, at the present time, while there has been a slight increase in cases those factors are stable and manageable.  

Governor’s Order and New MDH Guidelines

The Minnesota governor issued an executive order yesterday that addressed a four-week dial back of certain activities in the state. In conjunction with that executive order, the Minnesota Department of Health issued new more stringent guidelines for colleges to help curb the spread of COVID-19 by changing behavior. While Concordia had already proactively implemented many strategies, including moving to online classes next week and de-densifying campus, here are the new tactics that we will implement.

New Mitigation (effective midnight, Friday, Nov. 20)

  • Lay Low: Stay home whenever possible; limit your movement in the community.  (All essential interactions such as work, eating, studying are acceptable reasons to move about campus.)
  • Residence Halls and Apartments: Individual residence hall rooms and college apartments are limited to those students who live in them, with no on- or off-campus visitors during this time.
  • Campus Hours: The campus will shut down between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. and buildings will be locked. This curfew is intended to have students in their residence halls and all others, besides essential personnel, leave the campus at 10 p.m. and not return until after 4 a.m. Students will not be locked out of their residence hall at 10 p.m. but need to make every effort to be in their hall by 10 p.m. Exceptions include coming and going from work or medical appointments.
  • Gyms: The campus workout balcony and weight rooms will be closed.
  • Study Spaces: No more than two people are allowed in study rooms at one time, if distancing allows two.
  • Counseling and Tutoring: Move all sessions to virtual unless staff deems in-person is necessary.
  • Extracurriculars/Clubs: Move to virtual meetings/events.
  • Athletics: Information will be disseminated to athletes through their coaches.
  • Thanksgiving for Students  (in order of preference by MDH)
    • Students going home for Thanksgiving are encouraged by MDH to stay home through the duration of the term.
    • Students planning to be on campus after Thanksgiving are encouraged by MDH to stay on campus for Thanksgiving rather than travel.
    • Students who go home over Thanksgiving, but will return back to campus, should be tested for COVID-19 5-7 days after returning. Free testing is available through the Vault Saliva Site in Moorhead.

COVID Student Helpline – Thanksgiving Hours

Hours for the COVID Student Helpline will be shortened during the Thanksgiving Break (Monday, Nov. 23-Friday, Nov. 27). The schedule for the helpline as well as the Campus Medical Officer can be found here.

We understand how challenging dialing back our behaviors can be; however to slow the spread we each need to do our part. Thank you for following these new mitigation tactics.

Emergency Response Team
President’s Cabinet