COVID-19 Indicators and Alert Levels

The Luther College COVID Response Team (CRT) meets regularly to review the COVID-19 indicators described below. In conjunction with President Ward, the CRT decides what alert level is active for Luther College. When the alert level changes, all students, parents, faculty, and staff will be notified via email; and the website alert banner will change. 

As of June 22, Luther College is at

Level 0 Blue

As of September 22, COVID-19 indicators activated:

Alert Level in Winneshiek County

LUTHER COLLEGE COVID-19 INDICATORS

Alert Level in Winneshiek County

Test Positivity Rate in Winneshiek County

Luther College Case Count Trend

  •  Activated if the cumulative number of new cases over a seven-day period are higher than the cumulative number of new cases in the previous seven-day period. The cumulative number of new cases will be determined each Wednesday afternoon, corresponding with the weekly update of county-level data provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Community Spread on Campus

  • Activated at three cases at Luther College over a five-day period that are not linked through contact tracing

Occupancy of Campus Isolation/Quarantine Spaces

  • Activated at 50% occupancy

Occupancy of Beds at Winneshiek Medical Center

  • Activated when Winneshiek Medical Center notifies Luther College that current bed occupancy levels at Winneshiek Medical Center exceed capacity to serve Luther College's needs

Luther Health Service Visits

  • Activated if COVID-like illness visits are increasing over a five-day period

Employee Illness in Critical Departments

  • Activated if 50% of employees in the following departments are out:
    • Health Service
    • Campus Safety and Security
    • Dining Services
    • Facilities Services
    • Residence Life

LUTHER COLLEGE COVID-19 ALERT LEVELS

These alert levels depend on a campus-wide COVID-19 vaccination rate of more than 70%.

Alert Level Summary Table

ALERT LEVEL ALERT LEVEL 0
BLUE
ALERT LEVEL 1
GREEN
ALERT LEVEL 2
TEAL
ALERT LEVEL 3
YELLOW
ALERT LEVEL 4
RED
AREA OF CONCERN N/A Winneshiek County OR Campus Winneshiek County AND Campus Winneshiek County AND Campus Winneshiek County AND Campus
DEGREE OF COVID SPREAD Minimal Increased Increased Significant Severe
CAMPUS STATUS Populated campus with in-person classes and residential living Populated campus with in-person classes and residential living Populated campus with in-person classes and residential living Populated campus with online classes and reduced residential living De-populated campus with online classes and minimal residential living
ADDITIONAL SAFETY PROTOCOLS
CLEANING X X X X X
ATHLETICS X X X X X
MUSIC X X X X X
LARGE CAMPUS EVENTS X X X X X
FACE MASKS   X
(only in classrooms, studios, laboratories, and office meetings with students)
X
(only in classrooms, studios, laboratories, and office meetings with students)
X X
RESIDENCE HALLS   X X X X
DINING SERVICES     X X X
VIRTUAL MEETINGS     X X X
REMOTE WORK FOR EMPLOYEES     X X X
SPONSORED TRAVEL AND CAMPUS VISITORS     X X X
ONLINE CLASSES       X X
ATHLETIC AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES       X X

 

Alert Level Detail

Level 0 Blue

In force when no health mandates are in effect and 70% of students, faculty, and staff have submitted proof of COVID-19 vaccination through the Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccination Program.

Area of Concern

  • N/A

Degree of COVID Spread

  • Minimal

Campus Status

  • Populated campus with in-person classes and residential living

Description of Operations

  • Physical distancing not required
  • Face masks not required. Members of the campus community may continue to wear face masks, even if they are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals and those who might need to take extra precautions for health reasons are encouraged to follow CDC recommendations to wear a mask to protect themselves and others. If the CDC’s COVID-19 Integrated View for Winneshiek County moves to “Substantial” or “High,” wearing face masks indoors for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status for COVID-19, is strongly encouraged.
  • Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene
  • Cleaning: standard and enhanced
  • Dining Services: 100% capacity
  • Residence Halls: Normal guest/intervisitation policy
  • Courses: in-person without modified room capacities; students at increased risk may request accommodations through Disability Services
  • Recreational and Fitness Facilities: 100% capacity
  • Student Activities: in-person without modified room capacities
  • Chapel: in-person without modified room capacities
  • Campus Events: in-person without modified room capacities. Campus events with large numbers of anticipated participants and/or guests on campus (e.g., Homecoming and Christmas at Luther) may be adjusted to accommodate a smaller number of in-person guests.
  • Athletics and Music: Required surveillance testing for all student athletes, student musicians, athletics staff, and ensemble conductors that have not voluntarily disclosed proof of vaccination for COVID-19. Practices and competitions for NCAA athletic teams will follow safety protocols established by the NCAA and/or American Rivers Conference. Additional safety protocols may be implemented for music lessons and athletic teams and aerosol-producing ensembles with collective vaccination rates lower than 85%.
  • Employee Work: on-campus; faculty and staff may request accommodations through Human Resources
  • Employee Meetings: in-person without modified room capacities
  • Travel from Campus: exercise caution
  • Travel to Campus: no restrictions
Level 1 Green

In force when no health mandates are in effect, 70% of students, faculty, and staff have submitted proof of COVID-19 vaccination through the Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccination Program, and when both of the COVID-19 indicators in Indicator Set 1 OR both of the indicators in Indicator Set 2 are activated:

Indicator Set 1: Winneshiek County

Alert Level in Winneshiek County

  • Activated at 25+ daily cases per 100,000 people (seven-day moving average)
  • If county-level data is unavailable, state-level data will be used

Positivity Test Rate in Winneshiek County

  • Activated at 10% (past 14-day average)

Indicator Set 2: Campus

Luther College Case Count Trend

  • Activated if the cumulative number of new cases over a seven-day period are higher than the cumulative number of new cases in the previous seven-day period. The cumulative number of new cases will be determined each Wednesday afternoon, corresponding with the weekly update of county-level data provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Community Spread on Campus

  • Activated at three cases at Luther College over a five-day period that are not linked through contact tracing

Area of Concern

  • Winneshiek County OR Campus

Degree of COVID Spread

  • Increased

Campus Status

  • Populated campus with in-person classes and residential living

Description of Operations

  • Maintain physical distancing if possible.
  • Face masks strongly recommended for all members of the campus community, regardless of vaccination status for COVID-19. Face masks required for classrooms, studios, laboratories, and during office appointments with students.
  • Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene
  • Cleaning: standard and enhanced
  • Dining Services: 100% capacity
  • Residence Halls: Pandemic Visitor/Guest Policy Phase 1, 2 or 3
  • Courses: in-person without modified room capacities; students at increased risk may request accommodations through Disability Services
  • Recreational and Fitness Facilities: 100% capacity
  • Student Activities: in-person without modified room capacities
  • Chapel: in-person without modified room capacities
  • Campus Events: in-person without modified room capacities. Campus events with large numbers of anticipated participants and/or guests on campus (e.g., Homecoming and Christmas at Luther) may be adjusted to accommodate a smaller number of in-person guests.
  • Athletics and Music: Required surveillance testing for all student athletes, student musicians, athletics staff, and ensemble conductors that have not voluntarily disclosed proof of vaccination for COVID-19. Practices and competitions for NCAA athletic teams will follow safety protocols established by the NCAA and/or American Rivers Conference. Additional safety protocols may be implemented for music lessons and athletic teams and aerosol-producing ensembles with collective vaccination rates lower than 85%.
  • Employee Work: on-campus; faculty and staff may request accommodations for remote through Human Resources
  • Employee Meetings: in-person without modified room capacities
  • Travel from Campus: exercise caution
  • Travel to Campus: no restrictions
Level 2 Teal

In force when no health mandates are in effect, 70% of students, faculty, and staff have submitted proof of COVID-19 vaccination through the Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccination Program, and when both of the COVID-19 indicators in Indicator Set 1 AND both of the indicators in Indicator Set 2 are activated:

Indicator Set 1: Winneshiek County

Alert Level in Winneshiek County

  • Activated at 25+ daily cases per 100,000 people (seven-day moving average)
  • If county-level data is unavailable, state-level data will be used

Positivity Test Rate in Winneshiek County

  • Activated at 10% (past 14-day average)

Indicator Set 2: Campus

Luther College Case Count Trend

  • Activated if the cumulative number of new cases over a seven-day period are higher than the cumulative number of new cases in the previous seven-day period. The cumulative number of new cases will be determined each Wednesday afternoon, corresponding with the weekly update of county-level data provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Community Spread on Campus

  • Activated at three cases at Luther College over a five-day period that are not linked through contact tracing

Area of Concern

  • Winneshiek County AND Campus

Degree of COVID Spread

  • Increased

Campus Status

  • Populated campus with in-person classes and residential living

Description of Operations

  • Maintain physical distancing if possible.
  • Face coverings required indoors, with the following exceptions:
    • When alone in a private, enclosed office, common workspace, meeting room, classroom, or laboratory; in all cases, the space must be fully enclosed and the door must be closed. Face coverings must be worn when leaving these spaces to enter shared or public spaces.
    • When in a residence hall room that contains only the registered occupants. Face coverings must be worn when leaving residence hall rooms to enter shared or public spaces.
    • While swimming in the Aquatic Center.
    • While eating indoors, provided that physical distancing is possible when in the presence of others, including at tables.
  • Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene
  • Cleaning: standard and enhanced
  • Dining Services: 50% capacity; increased use of Grab-N-Go
  • Residence Halls: Pandemic Visitor/Guest Policy Phase 1 or 2
  • Courses: in-person without modified room capacities; students at increased risk may request accommodations through Disability Services
  • Recreational and Fitness Facilities: reduced capacity
  • Student Activities and Chapel: virtual
  • Athletics and Music: Required surveillance testing for all student athletes, student musicians, athletics staff, and ensemble conductors that have not voluntarily disclosed proof of vaccination for COVID-19. Practices and competitions for NCAA athletic teams will follow safety protocols established by the NCAA and/or American Rivers Conference. Additional safety protocols may be implemented for music lessons and athletic teams and aerosol-producing ensembles with collective vaccination rates lower than 85%.
  • Campus Events: virtual
  • Employee Work: faculty and staff may request accommodations for remote work through Human Resources; administrative department heads may stagger remote work for staff employees to lower the density in common workspaces
  • Employee Meetings: virtual
  • Travel from Campus: limited to recruiting and fundraising
  • Travel to Campus: allowed visitors include
    • essential outside contractors and vendors
    • prospective students and their families who have scheduled appointments with Admissions
    • alumni, donors, and friends of the college who have scheduled appointments with Alumni and Development
    • community members with business at the college
    • athletic teams participating in scheduled competitions
Level 3 Yellow

In force when no health mandates are in effect, 70% of students, faculty, and staff have submitted proof of COVID-19 vaccination through the Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccination Program, and when 5-6 COVID-19 indicators are activated. 

Area of Concern

  • Winneshiek County AND Campus

Degree of COVID Spread

  • Significant

Campus Status

  • Populated campus with online classes and reduced residential living

Description of Operations

  • Physical distancing required
  • Face coverings required, with the following exceptions:
    • When alone in a private, enclosed office, common workspace, meeting room, classroom, or laboratory; in all cases, the space must be fully enclosed and the door must be closed. Face coverings must be worn when leaving these spaces to enter shared or public spaces.
    • When in a residence hall room that contains only the registered occupants. Face coverings must be worn when leaving residence hall rooms to enter shared or public spaces.
    • While eating indoors, provided that physical distancing is possible when in the presence of others, including at tables.
    • When outdoors and more than six feet away from other people.
  • Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene
  • Cleaning: standard and enhanced
  • Dining Services: 50% capacity; increased use of Grab-N-Go
  • Residence Halls: Pandemic Visitor/Guest Policy Phase 1
  • Courses: all courses online
  • Recreational and Fitness Facilities: closed
  • Student Activities and Chapel: virtual
  • Athletics and Music: Virtual team and ensemble meetings only. No athletic practices, athletic competitions, ensemble concerts, or recitals on campus.
  • Campus Events: virtual
  • Employee Work: faculty and staff may request accommodations for remote work through Human Resources; administrative department heads will transition 50% of non-essential staff employees to remote work
  • Employee Meetings: virtual 
  • Travel from Campus: restricted, unless essential
  • Travel to Campus: allowed visitors include
    • essential outside contractors and vendors
Level 4 Red

In force when no health mandates are in effect, 70% of students, faculty, and staff have submitted proof of COVID-19 vaccination through the Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccination Program, and when 7 or more COVID-19 indicators are activated. 

Area of Concern

  • Winneshiek County AND Campus

Degree of COVID Spread

  • Severe

Campus Status

  • De-populated campus with online classes and minimal residential living

Description of Operations

  • Physical distancing required
  • Face coverings required, with the following exceptions:
    • When alone in a private, enclosed office, common workspace, meeting room, classroom, or laboratory; in all cases, the space must be fully enclosed and the door must be closed. Face coverings must be worn when leaving these spaces to enter shared or public spaces.
    • When in a residence hall room that contains only the registered occupants. Face coverings must be worn when leaving residence hall rooms to enter shared or public spaces.
    • While eating indoors, provided that physical distancing is possible when in the presence of others, including at tables.
    • When outdoors and more than six feet away from other people.
  • Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene
  • Cleaning: standard and enhanced
  • Dining Services: Grab-N-Go only
  • Residence Halls: closed except for international students and students with a hardship waiver or reside more than 500 miles from campus
  • Courses: all courses online
  • Recreational and Fitness Facilities: closed
  • Student Activities and Chapel: virtual
  • Athletics and Music: Virtual team and ensemble meetings only. No athletic practices, athletic competitions, ensemble concerts, or recitals on campus.
  • Campus Events: virtual
  • Employee Work: faculty and staff may request accommodations for remote work through Human Resources; all non-essential staff employees transitioned to remote work
  • Employee Meetings: virtual 
  • Travel from Campus: restricted
  • Travel to Campus: allowed visitors include
    • essential outside contractors and vendors