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Important COVID-19 Information

(Page last updated 5/24/2022)

As we have from the beginning of the pandemic, the Hennepin Technical College (HTC) COVID Response team has aligned campus requirements with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Minnesota Governor's Executive Orders, Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) and the Minnesota State system office. We will continue to use guidelines from these entities as we manage our response to COVID-19.

Questions and comments can be emailed to Communications@HennepinTech.edu. A member of the HTC COVID Response Team will respond to your inquiry.

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New CDC COVID-19 Masking Recommendation (updated March 3, 2022)

In accordance with the mandate from the system office, Hennepin Technical College has required face coverings for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors since August 3, 2021. With the CDC changes announced last Friday, this approach will change as of today, March 3, 2022. Masks will no longer be required while on Hennepin Technical College campuses.

The college approach to masking is an institution-wide determination, and individual faculty or staff cannot deviate from the institution’s overall approach.

Regardless of county-level data, individuals may choose to continue wearing masks, and we should all respect those choices.

In addition, the updated CDC guidance recommends that individuals who are immunocompromised or at a high risk for severe disease should talk to their healthcare provider about whether masks or other precautions are warranted.

COVID-19 Community Level Tracker for Hennepin County, Current Level = Medium (Yellow)

On Friday, February 25th, the CDC updated the metrics used to inform their mitigation recommendation, most importantly including masks. Their measure now has three levels: low (green), medium (yellow), and high (orange/red).

Low = Masks are not required

Medium = Masks are not required meaning there is not a global mask recommendation for everyone. Individuals should talk to their healthcare provider if they are high risk for severe illness about whether they need to wear a mask.

High = Masks are recommended indoors in public.

For colleges and universities in counties in the “low” or “medium” levels, masks are no longer required in indoor public settings, in accordance with updated CDC guidance as of March 1, 2022.

For colleges and universities in counties in the “high” level—including multi-campus colleges with a mix of levels across different counties—the president will make a determination on which the mask requirement in indoor public spaces may be lifted.

Individuals are welcome to continue to wear a mask on campus as they choose.

If you choose to wear a N95/KN95 mask, please review the OSHA Appendix D, Information for Employees Using Respirators (i.e. N95 or KN95 masks) When Not Required under Standard. MDH, the system office and HTC have not mandated the wearing of N95/KN95 masks; it is only encouraged as a better option than a cloth mask.

OSHA Appendix D

CDC Guidance: Your Guide to Masks - CDC

Minnesota State has developed a dashboard for reporting the COVID-19 case data that is impacting the colleges, universities, and 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 in decision making. View the Minnesota State COVID-19 Dashboard here.

Updated MDH Guidance for Surveillance (updated December 27, 2021)

Vaccination Information

Vaccine Policy FAQs (as of August 24, 2021)

We strongly encourage all students and employees to get vaccinated. Vaccine appointments are available at VaccineConnector.mn.gov.

We encourage you to protect yourself and others by staying home if you are sick, washing your hands, and reviewing other prevention strategies as recommended by MDH.

View State of Minnesota COVID-19 Response Vaccine Summary Data.

Chart describing who should get boosters

Proof of Vaccination for Students (added October 6, 2021)

HTC does not have any extracurricular activities requiring proof of vaccination or testing. Students may be required to provide proof of vaccination or testing to internship, career experience, and clinical sites based on the hosting organization's policy.

Student COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Guidelines and FAQ

Getting Tested for COVID-19

Learn if you should get tested, what option works best for you, and find a testing location near you at www.mn.gov/covid19/get-tested/.

Close Contacts and Tracing

In general, a close contact means being less than 6 feet from someone for 15 minutes or more throughout a 24-hour period. However, even shorter periods of time or longer distances can result in spread of the virus. The longer someone is close to the person who has COVID-19, and the closer they are, the greater the chance the virus can spread. If you have close contact with someone who may have COVID-19, follow the Minnesota Department of Health website for guidelines about close contacts and tracing.

Return to Campus Plans

Employees should consult with their supervisor on their department/division return to campus plans.

COVID-19 NOTICE

Hennepin Technical College (HTC) holds as paramount the health, safety, and welfare of every member of its community. HTC, however, cannot guarantee a COVID-19-free environment. Unfortunately, the risk of COVID-19 exposure exists in all public places where people are present. HTC is taking all recommended steps to mitigate this risk, but we cannot categorically guarantee you will not get sick. Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) at HTC is a shared responsibility. Every member of our community – including you – must do their part. Understand that if you return to the physical campus of HTC, there is a risk you may contract COVID-19 and that illness, injury, or death is a possible result.

Lowering your risk of COVID exposure. masking, social distancing, vaccinating

2021-2022 Academic Year Communications

Simple Flow Chart

What to do if you are exposed to covid

Procedural Flow Charts Full

COVID Website

This webpage will remain active as the COVID case situation could change rapidly given unknown COVID variants and vaccine efficacy.

This page is intended to provide information about COVID-19, precautions that are being taken and prevention measures you can take. It is not all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. Please consult with a relevant expert for more thorough answers to specific concerns or questions.

Mental Health, Stress and Anxiety: If students, faculty and staff are experiencing stress and anxiety, the following support services are available: