COVID-19: Resources and Procedures

(Updated March 15, 2024)

On March 1, 2024, the CDC released updated respiratory virus guidance in response to the decreasing risk that COVID-19 poses to the population. This updated guidance includes strategies to protect people at highest risk of getting seriously ill and applies to COVID-19 as well as other common viral respiratory illnesses like flu and RSV. 

As of March 2024, students, faculty, and staff no longer need to complete the Augsburg self-reporting form following a positive COVID-19 test or exposure. Follow CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses when you’re sick.

If You’re Sick, Stay Home

Stay home and away from others (including people you live with who are not sick) if you have respiratory virus symptoms that aren’t better explained by another cause. These symptoms can include fever, chills, fatigue, cough, runny nose, and headache, among others.

When Symptoms Improve

You can go back to your normal activities when, for at least 24 hours, both are true:

    • Your symptoms are getting better overall, and
    • You have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing medication).

When you go back to your normal activities, keep in mind that you may still be able to spread the virus that made you sick, even if you are feeling better. Take added precautions for the next 5 days, such as wearing a high-quality, well-fitting mask and/or testing when you will be around other people indoors.

Screenshot from CDC website. Stylized bar graph shows what to do when having symptoms and fever (stay home and away from others), when fever ends and symptoms are getting better (stay home and away from others), and for the following five days (go about normal activities, taking extra precautions).

Vaccination Policy

As of June 2023, Augsburg no longer requires students or employees to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19, but strongly recommends that everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines for their age group. 

COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are safe and effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying. Vaccines can offer added protection to people who had COVID-19, including protection against being hospitalized from a new infection.

Need Help?

The People’s Center Cedar Riverside Clinic provides low-cost services available by contract to Augsburg students and community members, including COVID-19 testing and vaccination. The clinic accepts most insurance and is located one block west of Augsburg at 425 20th Ave S, Minneapolis.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s COVID-19 website or Minnesota COVID-19 Response.