Students/Faculty and Staff Who Have Been Traveling

Some important information for any students who have been traveling over spring break or in the last couple of weeks. Your safety matters to us, as well as the safety of our entire Riverland Community.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their Novel Coronavirus Travel Information where most countries in Europe have now been designated along with China, Iran, and South Korea at Level 3 (Warning, Avoid Nonessential Travel) and the rest of the world, including the United States, has now been designated at Level 2 (Practice Enhanced Precautions) as a Global Outbreak Notice.

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

If you traveled to a Level 3 country during the past 14 days you must: 

If you are a student that needs to self-quarantine, stay home to monitor your health, or needs accommodations to self-quarantine, please:

  • Report your recent travel dates and location by completing this Travel Reporting form.
  • Do NOT come to campus. Stay home for 14 days from the time you returned from travel, monitor your health and practice social distancing. Avoid contact with others.
    • Students living off campus should return home during the self-quarantine period, if possible. 
    • Students living in College Park Housing should complete the Travel Reporting form, and contact director of residential & student life, Alexis Persons at alexis.persons@riverland.edu or 507-402-2234.
      • If you are able to return home during the self-quarantine period, you should do so.  If returning home represents a hardship, the college will provide a room or space for the self-quarantine period to include access/delivery of meals and wellness checks during this period.
  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing. If you get sick with fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing, seek medical advice.
  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
  • Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
  • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • 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.

Students who need to be self-quarantined and are living at home should remain there for the 14-day period, complete the Travel Reporting form, and contact your individual faculty and advisors for instructions on coursework for this period.

If you have questions regarding exposure as a result of travel, Minnesota Department of Health asks you to call 651-201-5414 or 877-676-5414 for guidance.

Please continue to stay tuned to your Riverland Email, your D2L Brightspace, and our Riverland website for more information.

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