January 12, 2021: Pre-Arrival Testing for Students
Facilitated by CSB Health Services, COVID-19 testing will be available to all CSB and SJU students by appointment.
COVID-19 Testing Locations and Information
Clemens Stadium Concession Area (use main entrance to stadium located across the road from Mary parking lot)
Monday – Friday
Appointment window: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
In front of CSB Health Center (parking lot #6, please look for red storage shed marked COVID testing location)
Monday – Friday
Appointment window: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Please note, the CentraCare Clinic at Saint John’s will not be offering COVID-19 testing. All information is subject to change and testing hours may be adjusted based on volume. Testing criteria will follow guidance from MDH and CDC.
At time of testing, all students will be asked to complete a HIPAA form that allows us to release test results to the Student COVID-19 Coordinator Team. This team will initiate contact tracing and facilitate services for our students (isolation, food, garbage, etc.). If the student being testing is a student-athlete, the form will also allow us to notify the head athletic trainer.
Faculty and staff should contact their medical provider for testing.
Students who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 must quarantine (stay in their living quarters and monitor their health) for 14 days. If unable to go home to quarantine, students may be directed to move to designated quarantine spaces on campus. Students who have had a known exposure or close contact with a person with COVID-19 should call CSB Health Services at 320-363-5605 to schedule a COVID-19 test.
Reporting a Positive Test
If a student tests positive for COVID-19 at an off-campus testing location, they must notify the Student COVID-19 Coordinator Team at [email protected].
Students who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate at their permanent residence. If unable to isolate at permanent residence, students will be moved into isolation space on campus.
CSB and SJU continue to work closely with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on testing plans. In fall 2020, MDH asked colleges and universities to conserve testing supplies, ensuring these supplies would be focused on those most at risk. For spring 2021, more tests are expected to be available, allowing us to test more frequently and strategically.
To start spring semester, all students living on campus or participating in on-campus classes or activities have been asked to submit a negative COVID-19 test before classes resume on January 25. After the first week of classes, we will conduct post-arrival COVID-19 testing on students. This test will give us a baseline from which we will construct a program of targeted, frequent testing. As part of our targeted program, we will be testing specific groups (for example, residence halls) to identify and thwart potential surges.
In addition, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) will be conducting winter sports in February and there are plans to conduct spring sports. To compete, our student-athletes will be tested frequently, as required by the NCAA. With our own initiatives and those required by the NCAA, there will be considerable testing during spring semester and this testing will greatly assist in precluding surges.
As we did in the fall semester, we will continue to test close contacts and anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Given supply demands, we only had limited amount of rapid COVID-19 tests during fall 2020, but those issue have improved and we expect to be able to conduct rapid COVID-19 testing for our symptomatic students throughout the spring semester.
CSB Health Services and the CentraCare Clinic at SJU will continue to offer primary and preventative health services to students.