October 2: MDH Community Testing Event

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is holding a Community Testing Event Tuesday, October 6th-Thursday, October 8th, 2020 at the College of Saint Benedict in the Haehn Campus Center Clemens Field House.  They are conducting a state-wide effort to offer testing in both small and large communities.  These events are being hosted at several campuses as well as community municipalities across the state.  The Department of Health contacted CSB to see if we could provide a location for the event taking place in St. Joseph.  The College fully supports the State’s efforts to combat COVID-19 and believes providing the testing location is a way to safely support this important work as a community partner.

This is a “no barriers” testing event intended to provide testing access for all members of our campus community as well as the greater community.  Those who wish to be tested, with or without symptoms, and able to do so without cost or any insurance requirement.  This event aligns with the College’s commitment to social justice and community service. 

Why offer these testing events?  Increased access to testing and identifying positive cases as early as possible is a critical way to keep schools and the economy as open as possible. Positive cases staying hidden leads to more spread and more detrimental impact to our schools and economy.  Those who test positive can also be educated on how to protect those closest to them who are most vulnerable to complications.  This is a proven strategy to combat the spread of a virus like COVID-19.

The college, Minnesota Department of Health and Stearns County have put a variety of safety precautions and cleaning/disinfecting protocols into place to assure the safety of our students and staff during the event, and upon conclusion of the event when business in the Haehn Campus Center resumes. 

Haehn Campus Center

  • During this testing event October 6th-8th, the Haehn Campus Center will be closed
    • This includes McGlynn’s, O’Connell’s, Alum Hall, Campus Recreation and Athletics for the three days
    • All doors accessing the HCC will be locked
    • Previously scheduled walk in influenza vaccine clinic will be moved to Upper Gorecki on Oct. 5th and 6th
  • Employees who typically park in Lot 10 will need to park in Lot 8 Oct 6th-8th
  • Upon completion the HCC will be thoroughly disinfected by MDH
  • Regular operations will resume Friday, October 9, 2020 as of 6:30am.  See service areas for specific details

Murray Hall

  • Murray Hall will remain open Oct 6th-8th

Testing registration information will be sent Monday, October 5th to CSB/SJU students who wish to participate in this event, along with information of the continued student testing available at the CSB Health Center for those with COVID symptoms and who are close contacts.

Faculty/staff or family members of faculty/staff who wish to participate in this testing event can find out more information from the Minnesota Department of Health website https://www.health.state.mn.us/

Sincerely,

Mary Geller

CSB Vice President for Student Development