COVID-19 Information & Updates

Dakota College's Current COVID-19 Risk Level: 2

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Dakota College at Bottineau’s goal is to create a safe and effective learning environment for students, staff, and faculty.  To support this goal, multiple strategies will be implemented to reduce risk on campus.  Dakota College at Bottineau is following CDC guidelines and the ND Smart Restart Guidance for Employers

Throughout this pandemic, a COVID response team is meeting and planning regularly as the situation unfolds. Several precautionary measures are in place across campus, from additional hand sanitizing stations to protective barriers at the cashier’s windows. All personnel and students are asked to wear masks. Masks are available and provided for all campus personnel and students. Masks may be picked up in the Bookstore.

Staff and faculty are available virtually and on campus by appointment, to support you as you work to achieve your educational goals. We know we will need to alter operations as we continue on campus, for the well-being of our community.  In true Dakota College spirit, working together will allow us to remain committed to your academic success.

 

Care19 Alert App

Care19 Alert app uses the Bluetooth proximity technology provided jointly by Apple and Google Exposure Notification Systems to keep track of the anonymous keys (transmitted by phones near you) that a user encounters over time.  

Care19 Alert quickly notifies you if you've likely been exposed to COVID-19 - empowering you to make decisions that are best for you and your loved ones: like seeking medical advice or staying home. When lots of people use the app it can help public health systems manage the disease and save lives by flattening the curve.

Care19 Alert is the first exposure notification app to connect with the National Key Server provided by the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL). Use of this server allows different states’ apps to communicate with each other, protecting North Dakotans when they are traveling across state borders or when others are visiting North Dakota and subsequently become COVID-19 positive.

COVID-19 Cases and Reporting as of 10/20/2020

Positive
COVID Cases
Active
Cases
Recovered Cases
On Campus Students
6
4
Off Campus Students
1
7
Faculty & Staff
2
7
Total Positive Cases 
9
18
Close Contact
Monitoring
In Quarantine
On Campus
Students
6
Off Campus
Students
1
Faculty & Staff
0
Total Being Monitored
7

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Sandy Hageness
COVID-19 Monitoring Contact
Administrative Assistant – Office of the Campus Dean
Email: sandy.hageness@dakotacollege.edu
Phone:  701-228-5480

COVID-19 FAQs

 

What is happening to on-campus/in-person classes on Dakota College Campus fall 2020?

Dakota College at Bottineau will be open for on-campus classes this fall at all of our various sites. Classes are scheduled to start on August 25th, with residence halls open for new students on August 20th. With everyone’s safety in mind, there will be numerous changes and adjustments implemented across the College. Watch this page as we are gearing up for a return to campus life.

For students who return for on-campus classes, we are developing appropriate safety measures for our campus community for academic and other activities. We are currently working on incorporating a number of health and safety measures on campus to ensure the safety of our community. Precautions may include hybrid classes, limiting the number of students gathered in person, technologies embedded into courses at the start of the term, and changes in residence halls, dining services, and other social areas across campus to ensure safe interactions. Throughout this pandemic, a COVID response team has been meeting and planning regularly as the situation has unfolded. Several precautionary measures have already been installed across campus, from additional hand sanitizing stations to protective barriers at the cashier’s windows. All personnel and students will be encouraged to wear masks. Masks have been ordered and will be provided for all campus personnel and students. We will continue to update the campus as safety precautions are initiated.

As we make a transition back to campus, we are working to support you with advising, registration, financial aid, student health, housing, and dining questions. We will continue to be available virtually and on campus by appointment to support you as you work to achieve your educational goals. We know we will need to alter our operations as we return to campus, for the well-being of our community, but in true Dakota College spirit, working together will allow us to remain committed to your academic success. We are anxiously awaiting your safe return this fall.

 

What is the plan for reopening?

The reopening plan is outlined in this PDF

Click here to view the Reopening Plan

 

How can I get tested for COVID-19?

Testing for COVID-19 is done through a medical provider. If there is a shortage of tests or collection supplies, testing will be prioritized for patients hospitalized with respiratory illness, healthcare workers, those living or working in group settings (i.e., long term care, group homes) or those who are identified as a close contact to an existing case and are ill. Dakota College student health is not a testing or collection site for COVID-19.

• Stay home if you feel sick.
• If you have mild or no symptoms, stay home and practice good social distancing.
• If you have a fever (100.4 or higher), cough, or shortness of breath, call your provider. If you are having an emergency, go to the ER or call 911.
• If you don't have a provider, providers are available locally.
If you are ill and unable to be tested, the NDDoH is asking you to isolate yourself from those you live with and have contact with for at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared or 72 hours without a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
• Please call prior to visiting any medical provider.
• You can also call the NDDoH COVID-19 Hotline at 1-866-207-2880.
• If you have traveled to areas where there are cases of COVID-19 please complete the NDDOH COVID-19 Travel Survey.

 

What do I do if I'm sick?

Stay home if you feel sick:

• Again, stay home if you feel sick.
• If you have mild or no symptoms, stay home and practice good social distancing.
• If you have a fever (100.4 or higher), cough, or shortness of breath, call your provider. If you don't have a provider, here is a list.
• If you are having an emergency, go to the ER or call 9-1-1.
• Take this NDDoH Risk Assessment to help determine if your symptoms align with COVID-19.
• If you are ill and unable to be tested, the NDDoH is asking you to isolate yourself from those you live with and have contact with for at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared or 72 hours without a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
• Please call prior to visiting any medical provider.

For more information on what to do if you are sick, go to the CDC “What to do if you are sick” page or call the NDDoH COVID-19 Hotline at 1.866.207.2880.

 

What if I don’t have access to WiFi, a laptop, or computer to access my courses online?

Currently, the Library is open for computer usage. If you have internet connectivity issues, contact DCB Computer Services at 701-228-5429jacob.p.nelson@dakotacollege.edu  or visit  www.dakotacollege.edu/student-life/computer-services/email-help.

If you have a cell phone or tablet, there is a Blackboard app available for Android and iOS. Get the App on Your Mobile Device:

Blackboard App on Your Apple Device
Blackboard App on Your Android Device

Internet options for students

Nationwide carriers have suspended internet data caps during the coronavirus pandemic. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Comcast are offering help. Individuals need to contact their carrier for more information. See thisCnet article for more information on various national carriers.