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Safety and Wellbeing

At Bethel, we have the privilege of learning and working together in community. As Christ-followers, we also have a responsibility to care well for one another’s mental, physical, and spiritual health during a challenging season. All community members will be asked to comply with the following measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus and ensure that we can continue to study, work, and socialize safely on campus. 

Social Distancing

  • Bethel community members will be asked to keep a 6-foot distance on campus, both indoors and outside. 

Face Coverings

  • Per the MN Emergency Executive Order 20-81, face coverings must be worn indoors. However, when employees are alone in an office, room, or cubicle with walls that are higher than face level, they are not required to wear a face covering. Face coverings are also required outdoors when social distancing is difficult to maintain.
  • Bethel will provide two masks for all face-to-face students and employees at no cost.

COVID-19 Testing and Exposure

  • COVID-19 testing will be available on campus. Contact the COVID-19 Hotline for more information at 651.635.8500.
  • Bethel community members are strongly encouraged to take extra care during off-campus activities in order to limit potential exposure to COVID-19 and care well for one another. 

Isolation and Quarantine

  • All community members who test positive for COVID-19 will be expected to isolate themselves from others according to MDH guidelines.
  • Isolations spaces have been identified and are being held for students who test positive for COVID-19. 
  • In some cases, students who test positive may be asked to isolate at home, away from campus, in order to best support the student’s recovery and ensure limiting exposure to others on campus. 
  • All community members must self-quarantine for 14 days if they have been in direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed (clinically or test-confirmed). Direct contact is defined as being with the person infected for 15 minutes or more at less than 6 feet distance. 

What to Do if You are Ill

  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 at an outside clinic, or have been in direct contact (within six feet for more than 15 minutes—with or without a mask) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, call the COVID-19 Hotline at 651.635.8500.
  • All community members who are diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to report their illness.
  • Students should determine if they can isolate at an off-campus location (i.e., a permanent home), or isolate in the identified isolation spaces on campus.
  • At a minimum, community members must isolate until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, and 10 days since the onset of symptoms.

Health Screening

  • Community members will be expected to monitor health daily and report any new COVID symptoms. 
  • Each student will be provided with a thermometer. Students are encouraged to check their body temperature on a daily basis and otherwise as needed. If a student records an elevated body temperature of 100 degrees or higher, that student should contact the COVID-19 Hotline at 651.635.8500 to speak with a nurse for further guidance.

Cleaning and Sanitation

  • All lounges and common entry points will be cleaned by Facilities Management.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be provided near the entrances to buildings. All community members are encouraged to sanitize hands upon entering and exiting buildings.
  • There will be an enhanced cleaning schedule for public restrooms and other high-contact surfaces.