Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

As a follow-up to the COVID-19 update I shared with you on Saturday evening, I’m writing to let you know that we have our first confirmed cases of COVID-19 this fall.

Of the 1,360 student/faculty/staff test results the college has received to date, we have confirmed 2 positive cases. Those who’ve tested positive include two people who are in isolation off-campus. We are awaiting results from an additional 85 community members tested on Sunday and will be conducting asymptomatic testing for late arriving students on Thursday, September 3. If you have questions related to testing, please contact covidtesting@macalester.edu.

If you haven’t begun using the COVID-19 symptom checking app, CampusClear, please download it here. This tool will help community members monitor their health and assist the college in tracking the potential spread of COVID-19 in our community. If you experience symptoms and you reside on campus, please contact the Hamre Center during business hours at 651-696-6275 or Macalester Public Safety during evenings and weekends at 651-696-6555. Students who experience symptoms and reside off-campus should review the Hamre Center website for detail. Faculty and staff who experience symptoms should stay home and contact their healthcare provider.

We will not provide email notification of each new case, but will update the Macalester College COVID-19 dashboard weekly.

Thank you for continuing to abide by our Mac Stays Safer community commitment. Both the student and employee handbooks have been updated with consequences for not complying. As indicated in the Student Handbook, section 4.6 Expectations During the COVID-19 Pandemic, “repeated and/or flagrant violations of the community commitment by students will be addressed in accordance with the student conduct process and procedures.” The Employee Handbook now includes a Statement of Expectations During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

This notification follows guidance under the Clery Act, which requires colleges and universities to provide emergency notification of health and safety information with their campuses.

Take good care,

Professor Paul Overvoorde
Special Advisor to the President and Director of COVID Operations

Published: 8/31/2020