Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Updates

Riverland buildings will have restricted access. Only essential employees will be allowed on campus.

UPDATE: 3/29/2020:

Tonight, (Sunday, 3/29/2020), we received a directive from the Executive Branch that holding in person instruction, even as we had planned with social distancing and CDC cleaning standards, should be delayed for at least two weeks. This is a change in their guidance from earlier this week,

About 90% of instruction and student services have been moved online, thanks to a lot of creativity and hard work by faculty and staff. These classes/services will continue on 3/30/2020 as planned. However, given the change in guidance, face-to-face classes/services have been suspended,

Faculty will reach out to students as soon as possible to communicate directly regarding specific classes if course plans have changed for the week.

Employees should continue telework duties as usual.

  • Online classes resume with some modified due dates
  • Hybrid classes resume with full online delivery
  • Some Face-to-Face classes who cannot deliver everything online, will begin to have small groups of students back in their labs, with special approval from their Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs. The plans will include strict adherence to social distancing guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

UPDATES:

We are working to stay informed with the latest information and prepared for COVID-19. We are hoping you as students can take the proper precautions to help the entire Riverland community stay safe and physically well.


Campus Building Hours
Riverland buildings will have restricted access through March 29. Only essential employees will be allowed on campus.
How You Can Help

First, view this short message from Jan Malcolm, Minnesota Commissioner of Health:

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Don’t panic. Educate yourself through reputable sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health.

Campus Cleanliness

The cleanliness of our campuses is a key element in keeping our  students, faculty, and staff healthy.  The facilities and maintenance teams at all the campuses are adhering to updated guidance from the CDC to ensure comfortable and save campuses within which to learn.

Remember, to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it’s important that all of us take the same precautions recommended for avoiding colds and flu:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough every time.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Living through pandemic such as COVID-19 can be extremely stressful. Dealing with the threat of COVID-19 is upsetting because it is outside the range of a normal day to day experience. You may feel anxiety, or fear for yourself and your loved ones becoming exposed to the virus. At the same time, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the constant, rapidly changing, and often conflicting information provided by the media regarding the growing danger of COVID-19. While it is critical during this time to take care of your physical health, you also need to pay attention to your emotional health. Print this PDF and review it to help you recognize the stress and provider resources to assist you. Being informed by reputable sources can help you realize that there are so many people working to protect you. Consult with your counselors or advisor for other resources.

It remains extremely important that we don’t assume students, employees and community members with backgrounds from the affected countries (or any country) are carrying the COVID-19 Virus.

While we want you to help prevent the spread of the all flu and cold symptoms, we also want you to maintain your day-to-day normal routine. Eat healthy, exercise, stay hydrated. Do things that bring joy and laughter and try to get enough sleep. Once courses are back on track, continue to study your course content and work toward a healthy path through the rest of the semester.

If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, The Minnesota Department of Health recommends:
  1. Stay at home for at least 7 days, and for 3 days with no fever and improvement of respiratory symptoms – whichever is longer. (Your fever should be gone for 3 days without using fever-reducing medicine).
  2. Use the CDC website on how to Care For Yourself at Home with COVID-19.
  3. If your household contacts were exposed to you while you had symptoms, they should try to stay home as much as possible for 14 days.
    1. They should closely monitor their health, and if symptoms occur, they must isolate themselves. More guidance on this can be found here: MDH COVID-19 Basics
    2. Use the CDC website for How to Minimize Spread.
Large Events
All events or other gatherings totaling more than 10 attendees are cancelled until May 1, and the situation will be re-evaluated. Some examples: We will be canceling the Ag Summit, the Employee All College Day, Fire Safety School, Evening of Excellence, The Hormel Foundation Austin Assurance Scholarship Celebration, Program Open Houses, and Theater Performances. Registrations for those event have already been suspended. All sporting events have been canceled for the spring semester.
Sports and Sporting Events
All sporting events have been canceled for spring semester.
Student Workers
Students that rely on work study as part of their college experience are allowed to telework, unless otherwise approved by the college President.
Food Pantry
We are so grateful for the generous support the community has shown our students during this COVID-19 outbreak.
For the safety of our students and because quantities are changing regularly, we are asking that food drop-offs be arranged in advance by contacting Alexis Persons, Director of Residential and Student Life (at email or phone) to schedule. Otherwise, the Riverland Food Pantry is accepting donations of non-perishable items to ensure access to food for Riverland Students. These donations can be made at the Community Center at College Park Housing. Please contact Alexis Persons at (507)402-2234 prior to delivery.
Tutoring
Due to COVID-19, all tutoring is now online. In order to schedule an online appointment, visit the Riverland Tutoring page.
FREE Resources for Students (Broadband & HotSpots)
  • Spectrum is offering Free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access for 60 days in homes with K-12 and/or college students that don’t have an existing Spectrum service level up to 100 Mbps.
    https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/charters-covid-19-response-includes-free-spectrum-broadband-wifi-to-students-homes/

  • AT&T: For the next 60 days, AT&T is making all of its public Wi-Fi hotspots open for free access by anyone. AT&T does not have a hotspot map but has provided instructions for locating their hotspots online.
  • Comcast: Comcast is now offering an “Internet Essentials” package that provides 60 days of free service and a $9.95 per-month plan after that time. Comcast is also making all of its Wi-Fi hotspots available for free public use and has provided instructions and a map for connecting to this free service. Access to Comcast Wi-Fi is now open across hundreds of locations in the east-central Indiana region.
  • Sprint and T-Mobile are allowing existing customers unlimited smartphone data and an additional 20GB of tethering and hotspot data for the next 60 days.
Resources

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