Cloth Masks Now Required at Augsburg; Governor’s Stay Home Order Extended Until May 4
Cloth masks are now required on campus.The Minnesota Department of Health has released updated masking guidelines for Institutes of Higher Education. All staff, faculty, and students MUST wear cloth face masks while in any common areas while on Augsburg property. Resident students must wear them while out of their residence hall living spaces. Wearing cloth masks does not replace the need to adhere to frequent hand washing, avoiding touching the face, and practicing social distancing, which are our best tools to help prevent the spread of illness.
Critical employees who are entering a space that’s been marked cleaned and disinfected, please take the sign down and put in a work order to have it cleaned and disinfected. If you plan to work multiple days in a row, please wait until your last visit to make a work order.
The Stay Home executive order issued by Gov. Tim Walz continues. Fob access has been turned off except those who have critical work on campus and resident students living on campus. Those who have access are asked to maintain social distancing. Go only where you need to go and only stay on campus to complete your critical tasks. Do not linger on campus. No guests are allowed. Augsburg is trying to minimize people gathering and help custodians focus on cleaning and disinfecting student residential spaces.
A COVID-19 certified disinfecting service began March 31 daily cleaning and disinfecting of the common restrooms on all residential floors at Urness. In the other residence halls, students have their own bathrooms in their residential units.
For our public safety and facilities teams, Augsburg has procured a quantity of cotton masks. Wearing these masks helps prevent employees from touching their faces and may help protect others from the spread of the virus. These are not the medical masks that are in short supply by the healthcare system. The staff receiving these also will have guidelines on how to properly use and launder them. Hand washing and social distancing still are considered primary steps to mitigate COVID-19.