COVID - 19 Information

COVID-19 Information

This page provides updated information regarding Hibbing Community College’s response to COVID-19. If you have any questions, please email aaronreini@hibbing.edu.

Face Masks

The Minnesota State system office is requiring face masks at colleges and universities that are in counties with “substantial” or “high” transmission rates according to the CDC COVID Data Tracker: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

Hibbing Community College will have the opportunity to remove the mask mandate if St. Louis County has 14 consecutive days of “low” or “moderate” transmission rates. The current face mask status is posted on main entrances to the college, and any changes to campus mask requirements will be communicated via email and campus signs.

Positive Case Protocols

If You Test Positive

If you test positive for COVID-19, contact your instructors or supervisor immediately.

Stay home and isolate from others until all three of these things are true:

  • It has been 10 days since you first felt sick or were tested AND
  • You feel better. Your cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better AND
  • You have had no fever for the last 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fevers


If You Are Notified of a Positive Case

If you are an instructor or supervisor who learns of a positive case, please gather the following information.

  • The person’s name and phone number
  • The date they were tested
  • The date symptoms began (if any)
  • The date the person was last on campus

Please send this information to the following email address:

Jennifer.Thiel@hibbing.edu

This information will be used to conduct contact tracing.


If You Are in Close Contact with a Positive Case

“Close Contact” is defined as having been within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

If you have been in close contact with a positive case you DO NOT need to quarantine in the following scenarios:

Fully Vaccinated

If you have completed COVID-19 vaccination (two doses in a two-dose series or one dose in a one-dose series) and are exposed, you do not need to quarantine if ALL of the following are true:

  • The COVID-19 exposure was at least 14 days after your vaccination series was fully completed.
  • You do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19.

It is recommended that you get tested within 3-5 days of exposure.

Tested Positive within 90 Days

If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days and are exposed again, you do not need to quarantine if ALL of the following are true:

  • Your positive case was laboratory confirmed in the past 90 days.
  • You have fully recovered.
  • You do not currently have any COVID-19 symptoms.

Wearing Approved PPE

If you are wearing the following PPE, you do not need to quarantine if exposed:

  • N95 Mask or Surgical Mask AND
  • Face Shield or Goggles or Prescription Glasses

If NONE of the above are true, you will need to quarantine for 14 days after the last close contact with a positive case.

The quarantine period can be shortened to 10 days if all of the following are true:

  • You have NOT had symptoms of COVID-19 during the quarantine period.
  • You do NOT live with someone who has COVID-19.
  • You do NOT live or work in a high-risk setting, including a long-term care or assisted living facility, correctional facility, shelter, or other congregate living facility.
  • You do NOT work in a health care facility.


Weekly Testing

The following student groups need to provide proof of vaccination or undergo weekly testing:

  • Students living in Cardinal Hall
  • Student athletes
  • Nursing students
  • Law Enforcement students

For those needing weekly testing, the college is providing Vault tests, which are available for pick up and drop off on Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the C-102 conference room by the North Entrance. Pick up one test and one specimen bag.

To use the weekly Vault test, you must sign into a Vault account prior to taking the test. To create or sign into a Vault account, visit:

covid.vlt.co

To avoid issues logging in, Vault recommends using the Google Chrome browser. If you continue to experience problems logging in, try using “incognito” or “private” windows.

When the test is complete, place the test in the specimen bag and drop off the bag in the bin marked “Drop Off” in C-102.

Weekly tests must be dropped off no later than Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. You will receive your test results via email.

You may choose to use an alternative testing option. If so, you will be responsible for any cost associated with the alternative testing method.

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