Updated Coronoavirus (COVID-19) Information

Updated information and resources from Lake Superior College/Minnesota State regarding concerns over Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As Lake Superior College continues to receive updated information from the Minnesota State system office and other government and healthcare partners, we will continue to provide updates here, www.lsc.edu/coronavirus, via email and through other official LSC communication channels including LSC’s official social media. If you have questions about COVID-19 that are not addressed here, please send them to info@lsc.edu and they will be routed to the appropriate contact. This situation continues to evolve rapidly and we will provide new updates as we receive them. Please be sure to refer to this site and other forms of official communication from Lake Superior College and/or Minnesota State, www.minnstate.edu/coronavirus, to ensure information is accurate, verified and current. The top priority of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and Lake Superior College is protecting the health and safety of all students, employees and community members while also enabling students to progress their educational goals. Minnesota State has developed a dashboard for reporting the COVID-19 case data that is impacting the colleges, universities, and the system office.

Latest Updates as of May 24, 2021

  • Lake Superior College is open and safely serving students, with instruction and services delivered both in person as well as online.
  • Minnesota State has developed a dashboard for reporting the COVID-19 case data that is impacting the colleges, universities, and the system office. The dashboard is updated weekly and serves as a tool to inform campus communities about changes in COVID-19 cases and community spread and aid campus leadership decision making.

Updated guidance regarding COVID – Per the Minnesota State System Office

Mask Wearing

Governor Walz’s Executive Order 21-23 states that all people who have not been vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in accordance with MDH and CDC recommendations until they are fully vaccinated. Note the shift from “Must Wear” to “Are Encouraged to Wear.” This shift in guidance means that campuses cannot require, but can encourage, such measures as getting vaccinated and continuing to practice good public health behaviors. Individuals are welcome to continue wearing masks. We are consulting with MDH and will be creating poster templates with these encouragements that campuses can use or modify to fit your brands.

Vaccinations

Minnesota State is following the guidance from the State of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Health on vaccinations of our students and employees. Currently the State of Minnesota is not requiring vaccinations. We are, however, strongly encouraging our employees and students to get vaccinated.

Health Screening Tool

Effective May 23, 2021, the Minnesota State Health Screening Tool will no longer be required to enter colleges, universities, or the system office, and will no longer be available for campus use.

Weekly Reporting

We will continue to require weekly reporting into the summer. This important information is submitted to MMB and used in monitoring our communities during the peacetime emergency. However, beginning with the reports due the week of May 31, we will no longer require the submission of On-campus Dedicated Isolation and Quarantine Capacity and Utilization. At that time, the Health Screening Tool data will be removed from the online systemwide dashboard. Throughout the summer we will evaluate the need for weekly reporting and decide in late summer about Fall semester 2021 reporting requirements.

Domestic Out-of-State Travel

Effective June 1, 2021, approval of college/university sponsored domestic travel requests by students, faculty, or staff will revert to the campus president or their designee. All travel will continue to be subject to adherence to guidance and local advisories. Because we know that travel guidance can and will change over the months ahead, the Out-of-State Travel Request Form has been updated to note that approval to travel is applicable at the time of actual travel.

International Travel

Guidance suspending international travel has not changed from the last communication (February 23, 2021). We will continue to monitor changes to travel restrictions and provide updates, if and when the systemwide international travel ban is modified or rescinded.