COVID-19 Update: Alert Level Increase

Due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Minnesota and specifically within the Bethel community, our COVID-19 Alert Level has increased to Level 2. 

By The Office of Marketing and Communications

October 30, 2020 | 1 p.m.

Over the last 14 days, we have seen a rise in both on-campus testing and confirmed cases of COVID-19. These cases have primarily occurred in clusters, and there is no evidence of broader community spread in classrooms, labs, or other shared spaces. Additionally, the number of pending COVID-19 tests, the delay in receiving results from the lab (currently over 80 hours), the number of students who are symptomatic, and a decline in compliance with mask-wearing and social distancing have necessitated additional action to protect the safety and wellbeing of our community. 

  1. A precautionary quarantine for residents of Arden Village will begin today at 7 p.m. and continue through Friday, November 6 at noon. During this time, if these students remain on campus, they will be limited to essential services only (like meal pickup, voting, and medical visits) and attend classes virtually.
  2. ViralSign testing will be available to all interested community members today in Brushaber Commons. ViralSign is an advanced screening technology that uses infrared imaging to identify the presence of COVID-19 in individuals before the onset of symptoms.
  3. Additional COVID-19 screening will be available to the Bethel community beginning Monday, November 2. This includes the common PCR “nose swab” as well as a rapid antigen test. More information will be available on Monday.

Any illness, concerns about exposure, or other questions should be directed to the COVID-19 Hotline at 651.635.8500.

Because the increase in cases has been clustered, classes and university services will continue as planned for community members outside of these clusters. All community members should continue to practice social distancing, wear face coverings, and avoid large gatherings. These preventive measures are crucial to our ability to remain on campus together. 

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