March 14, URGENT INFORMATION FOR ANYONE WHO HAS TRAVELED SINCE MARCH 1

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URGENT INFORMATION FOR ANYONE WHO HAS TRAVELED SINCE MARCH 1

In this rapidly evolving situation, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE ALL TAKE NECESSARY STEPS TO PROTECT OURSELVES, OUR NEIGHBORS AND OUR COMMUNITY.

A number of individuals — both employees and students — are currently returning to Bemidji after traveling during spring break. A March 14 update from the CDC has prompted us to share with you the attached guidance:

  • Most of Europe is now a Level 3 (Warning, Avoid Nonessential Travel)
  • In addition, the United States is now a Level 2 (Practice Enhanced Precautions)

The following guidelines are in effect beginning immediately:

Recent Travel to Level 3 Countries

If you have returned to the United States from a country currently listed under the Level 3 travel advisory from the Centers for Disease Control — China, South Korea, Iran, and nearly all of Europe (complete list — URL: (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-europe) at any time since March 1, 2020, YOU MUST:

  • Stay home for 14 days after returning from travel
  • Monitor your health
  • Practice social distancing. Social distancing means staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.

The full guidance from the CDC is located at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-europe

In addition:

Additional Guidance for Students:

  • if you have traveled to a Level 3 country and are currently living at home, please remain there for the 14-day period and contact student services and your faculty for instructions on coursework once the course suspension is listed.
  • If you live in our residence halls and do not have an alternate living arrangement and must return to campus, please immediately contact Housing & Residential Life:
    • (218) 755-3750 OR 1-888-350-4255
    • reslife@bemidjistate.edu

ALL OTHER TRAVELERS

Travelers returning from other countries or from domestic travel need to monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning from travel. Travelers that are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care. The full guidance from the CDC is located at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/coronavirus-global

In addition:

IF YOU GET SICK

If you get sick with fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing, seek medical advice.

  • Students — call the Student Center for Health and Counseling at (218) 755-2053. After hours, call Sanford Bemidji Main Clinic at (218) 333-5000.
  • Employees — call Sanford Bemidji Main Clinic at (218) 333-5000.
    • All employees who have traveled to a Level 3 destination should contact their supervisor.
  • Tell the doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

Minnesota COVID-19 Hotline

If you are concerned about possible exposure to COVID-19, but you are not experiencing any symptoms, the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 hotline is available to answer any questions you may have: call (651) 201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Complete information from Minnesota State

Earlier tonight, the Minnesota State system sent complete, up-to-date guidance that is accurate as of Saturday, March 14. Please see the attached Microsoft Word document for this guidance..