COVID-19 update

April 14, 2021

Dear SNC community,

Following protocols outlined by our athletic conference and the NCAA, the college conducts routine testing of our student-athletes prior to travel for competition. Late last night, 17 student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19 during this routine testing. All students who have tested positive have been isolated.

Contact tracing began immediately at 8 a.m. today. This process moves at a much quicker pace on our campus than it does in the greater community. Health Services is notifying students who are considered close contacts. Please remember, history of complete vaccination (14 day after last dose) and history of COVID-19 positive lab results in the last 90 days exempts close contacts from quarantine if they are asymptomatic. 

This surveillance testing is what helps alert the college to possible increased spread of COVID-19, allowing the college to intervene as quickly as possible and minimize any further spread. Tests were conducted by trained sports medicine staff who followed procedures for conducting PCR tests – considered the gold standard for COVID-19 testing. 

It is possible to receive a false positive result, often due to lab processing errors and rarely due to administration of the test or through cross-contamination. However, out of an abundance of caution, the college will continue following quarantine and isolation procedures for any student who receives a positive result, unless the lab notifies the college of an error in processing. 

We remind you that, as of April 5, all Wisconsin residents age 16 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. The college is not requiring vaccination at this time, but strongly encourages it.

  • Seek out a location where you can get the vaccine – the sooner the better! SNC community members are not limited to receiving the vaccine on campus. Access to community sites and information on appointment availability can be found on the WI DHS map of vaccine providers.
  • SNC will continue making its waitlist available and will offer vaccine clinics when Health Services receives shipments. 
  • People are welcome to add their names to the SNC waitlist AND pursue vaccines in the local community. If you are vaccinated in the local community, please inform Health Services so they can remove you from the list and move the next person up. Call 920-403-3266 or email health@snc.edu.
  • Please continue to be patient as the demand for vaccines still exceeds the supply in our community, as well as throughout Wisconsin and the nation.

We appreciate the entire community's commitment to maintaining our health and safety protocols as we near the end of the spring semester. Please continue to wear your mask in public spaces indoors, wash your hands and watch your distance. 

For more information on the college’s response to COVID-19, see the COVID-19 Response website or email covid19response@snc.edu.