COVID-19 Indicators and Alert Levels

The Luther College COVID Response Team (CRT) is meeting daily to review the COVID-19 indicators described below. In conjunction with President Ward, the CRT will decide what alert level is active for Luther College. When there are changes in alert level, all students, parents, faculty, and staff will be notified via email; and this web page and the website alert banner will change.

As of October 23, Luther College is at
Level 2 Teal: Increased Exposure and Spread. 
COVID-19 indicators activated: alert level in Winneshiek County, occupancy of Campus Isolation/Quarantine Spaces.

COVID-19 Indicators

Alert Level in Winneshiek County

  • Activated at 25+ daily cases per 100,000 people (seven-day moving average)

Positivity Test Rate in Winneshiek County

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

Luther College Case Count Trend

  • Activated if daily rate of new cases on campus are increasing over a five-day period

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 at 50% occupancy

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

COVID-19 Alert Levels

Level 0 Blue: Normal

In force when no COVID-19 indicators are activated and no health mandates are in effect. Health mandates may include those from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, the Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and Winneshiek County Public Health.

  • Physical distancing not required
  • Face coverings are not required
  • Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene
  • Cleaning: standard
  • Dining Services: 100% capacity
  • Residence Halls: Pandemic Visitor/Guest Policy Phase 4
  • Courses: in-person without modified room capacities; students at increased risk may request accommodations
  • Recreational and Fitness Facilities: 100% capacity
  • Student Activities: in-person
  • Athletics: full team activities with surveillance testing
  • Music: full ensemble activities with surveillance testing; in-person lessons
  • Chapel: in-person without modified room capacities
  • Campus Events: in-person without modified room capacities
  • Online Courses: minimal, with approval from Dean of the College
  • Remote Work: minimal, with approval from vice president; employees at increased risk may request to work remotely
  • Employee Meetings: in-person without modified room capacities
  • Travel from Campus: exercise caution
  • Travel to Campus: no restrictions
Level 1 Green: Limited Exposure and Spread

In force when no COVID-19 indicators are activated and health mandates are in effect. 

  • Follow all current health mandates. Health mandates may include those from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, the Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and Winneshiek County Public Health
  • Physical distancing required
  • Face coverings required, with the following exceptions:
    • When alone in a private, enclosed office; common workspace; meeting room; classroom; or laboratory with a closed door. 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.
    • 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
  • Residence Halls: Pandemic Visitor/Guest Policy Phase 1, 2 or 3
  • Courses: in-person and hybrid, with modified room capacities; students at increased risk may request accommodations
  • Recreational and Fitness Facilities: reduced capacity
  • Student Activities and Chapel: in-person if outdoors; otherwise virtual
  • Athletics: 
    • High-contact Sports: Phases 1-3 of team training protocols implemented, as appropriate, with surveillance testing. Travel and competition are unlikely to occur. Sports in this category include basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, and wrestling.
    • Medium-contact Sports: Phases 1-3 of team training protocols implemented, as appropriate, with surveillance testing. Travel and competition may occur, with mitigation protocols in place. Sports in this category include baseball, cross country, and softball.
    • Low-contact Sports: Phases 1-3 of team training protocols implemented, as appropriate, with surveillance testing. Travel and competition are likely to occur, with mitigation procedures in place. Sports in this category include golf, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field.
  • Music: partial ensemble activities with surveillance testing; in-person and hybrid lessons
  • Campus Events: virtual
  • Remote Work: employees at increased risk may request to work remotely
  • Employee Meetings: virtual or in-person, with modified room capacities
  • 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 2 Teal: Increased Exposure and Spread

In force when 1-4 COVID-19 indicators are activated.

  • Follow all current health mandates. Health mandates may include those from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, the Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and Winneshiek County Public Health.
  • Physical distancing required
  • Face coverings required, with the following exceptions:
    • When alone in a private, enclosed office; common workspace; meeting room; classroom; or laboratory with a closed door. 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.
    • 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
  • Residence Halls: Pandemic Visitor/Guest Policy Phase 1 or 2
  • Courses: in-person and hybrid, with modified room capacities; students at increased risk may request accommodations
  • Recreational and Fitness Facilities: reduced capacity
  • Student Activities and Chapel: in-person if outdoors; otherwise virtual
  • Athletics: 
    • High-contact Sports: Phases 1-3 of team training protocols implemented, as appropriate, with surveillance testing. Travel and outside competition against other institutions will not occur. Sports in this category include basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, and wrestling.
    • Medium-contact Sports: Phases 1-3 of team training protocols implemented, as appropriate, with surveillance testing. Travel and competition may occur, with additional mitigation protocols in place. Sports in this category include baseball, cross country, and softball.
    • Low-contact Sports: Phases 1-3 of team training protocols implemented, as appropriate, with surveillance testing. Travel and competition can occur, with additional mitigation procedures in place. Sports in this category include golf, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field.
  • Music: partial ensemble activities with surveillance testing; in-person and hybrid lessons
  • Campus Events: virtual
  • Remote Work: department heads may stagger remote work for individuals to lower the density in common workspaces; employees at increased risk may request to work remotely
  • Employee Meetings: virtual or in-person, with modified room capacities
  • 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: Heightened Exposure and Spread

In force when 5-6 COVID-19 indicators are activated. 

  • Follow all current health mandates. Health mandates may include those from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, the Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and Winneshiek County Public Health.
  • Physical distancing required
  • Face coverings required, with the following exceptions:
    • When alone in a private, enclosed office; common workspace; meeting room; classroom; or laboratory with a closed door. 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.
    • 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: virtual
  • Music: virtual
  • Campus Events: virtual
  • Remote Work: department heads will transition 50% of non-essential employees to remote; employees at increased risk may request to work remotely 
  • Employee Meetings: virtual 
  • Travel from Campus: restricted, unless essential
  • Travel to Campus: allowed visitors include
    • essential outside contractors and vendors
Level 4 Red: Severe Level of Exposure and Spread

In force when 7 or more COVID-19 indicators are activated. 

  • Follow all current health mandates. Health mandates may include those from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, the Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and Winneshiek County Public Health.
  • Physical distancing required
  • Face coverings required, with the following exceptions:
    • When alone in a private, enclosed office; common workspace; meeting room; classroom; or laboratory with a closed door. 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.
    • 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
  • Courses: all courses online
  • Recreational and Fitness Facilities: closed
  • Student Activities and Chapel: virtual
  • Athletics: virtual
  • Music: virtual
  • Campus Events: virtual
  • Remote Work: all non-essential employees remote; employees at increased risk may request to work remotely
  • Employee Meetings: virtual 
  • Travel from Campus: restricted
  • Travel to Campus: allowed visitors include
    • essential outside contractors and vendors