Coronavirus

PTCC continues to work closely with the Minnesota State System Office and the Minnesota Department of Health to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and take steps necessary to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff as well as campus visitors. Please submit your questions to covid19@pine.edu.

 

  • If you feel ill or test positive for COVID-19:
    Stay home. Do not go to work, school, or any other place outside the home. Stay home until all three of these things are true:
    • You feel better. Your cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better and
    • It has been 10 days since you first felt sick and
    • You have had no fever for the last 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fevers.
  • If you are in close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19: 
    Stay home. Do not go to work, school, or any other place outside the home. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more. Stay home until these two things are true:
    • It has been 14 days since your last contact and
    • You have not developed symptoms
  • Refer to the Return to Campus Guidelines for more information. 
  • Employee and Student COVID-19 Reporting Form
    • Pine would like employees and students to self-report if they are symptomatic of COVID-19, tested positive for COVID-19 or been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.
    • Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more.
  • Symptoms of COVID-19
    • Some symptoms are:
      • Cough
      • Shortness of Breath
      • Fever
      • Chills
      • Headache
      • Muscle Pain
      • Sore throat
      • Loss of taste or smell
    • Less often, people may get a stomachache, throw up, or have diarrhea.
    • Get tested if you have symptoms. Call your doctor or other health provider about getting tested. Call them if you have questions or are worried about your symptoms.
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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. View the Minnesota State COVID-19 Dashboard here.

 

Our overall goals:

1. Keep faculty, staff and students safe and healthy in an appropriate learning environment that promotes student success.

2. Keep our campus facility open throughout fall semester by following recommended state and federal safety guidelines 

Flexible Course Offerings

We have chosen to offer on-campus classes this fall because we believe that, for some, this is the best learning environment for success. Many faculty will be offering high flex courses so students may choose to attend classes either virtually or on-site.

For those attending classes on campus, we have instituted processes to keep you, our faculty, and our staff safe. These include:

  • Screening: You will be asked to enter and exit each day through assigned doors, and to complete a health screening checklist when coming to campus. This may be through a mobile app on your device or a paper checklist at the door of entry.
  • Face Covering: Governor Walz has issued a face covering mandate for all Minnesotans. This means that you will be required to wear a mask on campus. Face shields may be used as an alternative in certain cases. Students with documented medical restrictions may apply for an exemption from the policy.  Faculty are also allowed to un-mask during the process of lecturing in order to better communicate course content.
  • Social Distancing: Even with a face covering, maintaining social distancing is a key strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Programs are making every attempt to ensure social distancing in classrooms, labs, offices, and common spaces.
  • Sanitizing: We have increased the efforts to sanitize high touch spaces throughout the building and encourage all to wash hands and avoid face touching when possible.

Student Support Services

We will offer on-campus student support services this fall as we believe that, for some, they prefer this method of support.  All services will also be available virtually including counseling, financial aid, advising, tutoring, and other supports. You can make this choice when you set up an appointment.

We are in this together!

With increased use of our building it is more likely that we will have COVID-19 enter our spaces, despite our best attempts to keep our campus a safe place.  We will continuously monitor the campus climate, and communicate with you should a positive case occur.  To minimize or prevent this from happening, however, we must all do our best to adhere to safety guidelines so that we can keep our campus open the entire semester. See you this fall!

 

Please check your emails regularly. Reach out if you have any questions or view the quick links below for resources and FAQ's:

 

Latest Updates

  • Graduation and Commencement Ceremony: Postponed, Date TBD
    • Though the commencement ceremony is postponed, students can still graduate in May. Please take a moment to fill out a Graduation Application to recieve your credentials from Pine.
  • BBQ and Car Show: Postponed, Date TBD

 

Minnesota State Specific Guidance and Information

  • What do I need to know about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have provided this Fact Sheet on COVID-19:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

  • What should I do if I am sick and diagnosed with COVID-19 or suspect I am infected with the virus that causes COVID-19?

The CDC has provided this Fact Sheet outlining steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf

  • What can students, faculty and staff do to protect themselves and each other?

We encourage students, faculty and staff to practice respiratory (coughing and sneezing) etiquette and hand hygiene. Those who feel sick are recommended to stay home until they are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick and seek medical attention depending on the severity of their symptoms.

 

For specific questions or concerns

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CAMPUS CONTACT

Amy Kruse
Chief Human Resources Officer
Amy.Kruse@pine.edu
320.629.5129

Students, if you have contracted COVID-19, contact Shawn Reynolds, Director of Student Affairs.