Campus Safety Levels


WSU's goal is to stop the spread of COVID-19 within our campus and community. To achieve this goal, we need full cooperation among students, faculty and staff.

Only by working together can we establish and maintain the safety and health of our University. We're counting on you to protect your fellow Warriors and fight for the best college experience this fall.

The COVID-19 Campus Safety Level system is based on factors such as COVID-19 transmission rates and availability of campus resources. It also relies on guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health as well as advice from campus and local public health officials.

The WSU President's Cabinet determines when to apply a new phase and how mitigation efforts will be implemented.

Here is a summary of the levels, corresponding actions, and some of the main indicators that inform the setting of the safety level.

Current Safety Level: Yellow


Yellow status triggers the kinds of safety measures we have already taken on our campus:

  • Required face coverings
  • Required daily screenings for all students, employees and visitors
  • Physical distancing in classrooms, dining centers, residence halls and other areas on campus
  • Mixed in-person, hybrid, and online course delivery
  • Limited on-campus events
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Green | Low Transmission

Transmission levels seen as manageable.


Indicators

  • Contacts can be identified at the time of interview
  • Isolation and quarantine less than 50% full
  • K-12 indicators: less than 10 cases per 10,000 over two week period

Campus Actions

  • Assign a designated point of contact and contact tracing support roles
  • Follow COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, including the identification of those counties for which the campus will actively track transmission trends
  • Implement social distancing
  • Work with MDH/LPH on contact tracing, as needed
  • Additional actions as recommended by MDH guidance
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Yellow | Medium Transmission = Current Level

Transmission levels are beginning to tax campus resources.


Indicators

  • Infections continue increasing over 14-day period in the county(ies) as identified in local Preparedness Plan
  • More than 1% of campus students infected within 14-day period
  • More than 5% of campus cases have unknown links to another case over 7-day period
  • 50-75% of WSU's isolation and quarantine beds are full
  • Routine testing capacity starting to be a concern
  • Less than 14 days of PPE remaining
  • Other internal metrics are of concern (e.g. increase in employees out sick)
  • K-12 indicators: 10-30 cases per 10,000 over a 14-day period

Campus Actions

If two or more indicators are met, WSU administrators will consider implementing these mitigation efforts:

  • Extra communication and precautions for high risk individuals
  • Cancelling events and activities that bring larger groups of students together
  • Roll back measures limiting social and activity gatherings to no more than 10 individuals, indoors and outdoors
  • Ramp up capacity for isolation and quarantine options
  • Additional actions as recommended by MDH guidance
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Orange | High Transmission

Transmission levels have further depleted or exhausted campus resources.


Indicators

  • Infections continue to increase over two week period after Yellow Level mitigation efforts put in place
  • More than 3% of campus students are infected within a 14 day period, considering where spread is occurring
  • More than 75% of isolation and quarantine beds are full
  • Lack of adherence to mitigation strategies
  • Other internal metrics of capacity and staffing suggest additional mitigation is needed
  • K-12 indicators: more than 30 cases per 10,000 over a 14-day period

Campus Actions

If two or more indicators are met, WSU administrators will consider implementing these mitigation efforts:

  • Suspending additional in-person activities
  • Shifting to remote-only operations
  • Cancel all extracurricular activities
  • Work with MDH/LPH on contact tracing, as needed
  • Provide isolation and quarantine options
  • Scaling back in-person student support services
  • Cancelling specific class sections or campus events
  • Additional actions as recommended by MDH guidance
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Red | Sustained High Risk of Transmission

Transmission levels have seriously depleted or exhausted institutional resources.


Indicators

Additional mitigation efforts do not improve indicators over a two-week period.


Campus Actions

  • Suspend additional in-person activities
  • Shift to remote-only operations
  • Cancel campus events