Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Guide

The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and guests is a top priority at Lake Superior College. Thank you for all you are doing to protect yourself and others as we work together to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The challenge with this virus is that information is constantly changing and there is not always a set answer or roadmap to follow, as many cases are situational and timelines depend on many variables.  We have created this flowchart as a basic guideline, which is based on information from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota State system office. However, we encourage all students with questions/concerns to work with the Dean of Student’s Office and remain in communication with their instructors. We encourage employees with questions/concerns to work with their supervisors and HR as individual situations may vary case to case. Please feel free to send any general inquires to info@lsc.edu and we can help get you connected to the best point of contact.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF...

I’ve taken a test…

…and I have no symptoms or possible exposure but just wanted to be safe.

Self-monitor, practice social distancing, wash hands frequently and wear a mask.

…and I have symptoms and/or possible exposure.

Quarantine until you receive your results, or until you receive a negative result and are symptom free for at least 72 hours.

I’ve been in close contact with someone…

… who is being tested?

Quarantine until the person who you’ve been in contact with gets their result.

… who has tested negative for COVID-19?

Self-monitor, practice physical distancing, wash hands and wear a mask.

… who has tested positive for COVID-19?

Quarantine for 14 days, self-monitor AND get tested. Continue to quarantine for 14 days regardless of YOUR result. If you become symptomatic, isolate 10 days from onset of symptoms AND 3 days fever free.

… who might have been exposed…

… and IS experiencing symptoms?

Quarantine for 14 days, self-monitor AND get tested. Continue to quarantine for 14 days regardless of YOUR test result. If you become symptomatic, isolate 10 days from onset of symptoms AND 3 days fever free.

… but IS NOT experiencing symptoms (yet)?

Self-monitor, practice physical distancing, wash hands and wear a mask.

… who has been in close contact with someone ELSE who might have been exposed?

Practice physical distancing, wash hands and wear a mask.

AM I EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

QUARANTINE

Separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to contagious disease to see if they become sick.

VS.

ISOLATION

Separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

COVID symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, sore throat, loss of taste of smell, headache.

…NO

Have I been in close contact with someone who has symptoms?

… NO

Practice physical distancing, wash hands and wear a mask.

… YES

Self-quarantine for 14  and monitor symptoms, it may take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear after exposure. Stay home as much as possible. Use online services to get essential needs. If you need to go out into public, wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart, don’t touch your face, and wash your hands often.

Did I develop symptoms during my 14 days of quarantine?

… NO

Practice physical distancing, wash hands and wear a mask.

… YES

Students and employees call your local clinic and go in to get tested. Do not use public transportation or rideshare to get to the clinic. If you have symptoms, please isolate for 10+ days since the onset of symptoms AND until you are fever-free for 3 days without using fever-reducing medication.

YES

Students and employees call your local clinic and go in to get tested. Do not use public transportation or rideshare to get to the clinic. If you have symptoms, please isolate for 10+ days since the onset of symptoms AND until you are fever-free for 3 days without using fever-reducing medication.

While in isolation:

  • Stay home and do not go out into public
  • Stay away from people in your home as much as possible
  • Wear a face mask during every interaction with your care taker
  • Avoid sharing personal household items such as bedding, towels, and dishes