Concordia Cares

We are committed to keeping our students, faculty, staff and community as safe and healthy as possible. To do this effectively, we will all need to take extra care in our daily lives that will help protect ourselves and our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Last update: Sep 23, 2020

The health and safety of the Concordia community—her students, faculty and staff—as well as our ability to maintain an integrated physical learning and development environment, depends on a mutual commitment of caring and looking out for others.

Rev. Russell Sommerfeld, Interim President

The COVID-19 pandemic and the identified responses continue to evolve. The plans for Fall Semester 2020 and the campus reopening have been developed in good faith, based on what we know at this time. On a daily basis, we will monitor the situation in partnership with our local health department, Four Corners Health Department, and guidance from the CDC and the Nebraska Department of Health Services.

We realize that changes in the situation may require changes in our plans. As such, each update to these plans made after July 6, 2020, will be identified by one of the following indicators:

New additions to the plan.

Information related to an area has received clarifying information or additional details.

This item is no longer relevant and has been removed.

A Caring Community
Resources for Students, Faculty and Staff

Concordia promises students, faculty and staff a supportive, grace-filled community of caring peers, mentors and leadership. Guidelines and resources are available to help us mitigate the spread of illness on campus so we can work and learn as safely as possible.

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A Caring Campus
Resources for On-Campus Experiences

With safety as our priority, new protocols will be implemented throughout all of Concordia’s facilities to help limit the spread of illness across campus as much as possible. By increasing sanitization protocols, following physical distancing measures and limiting building capacities, you can be assured to feel as safe and healthy as possible, no matter where you are on campus.

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A Caring Classroom
Resources for Your Academic Experience

Our goal has always been to provide small class sizes to help our students receive the personal attention needed to succeed. The academic experience in Fall 2020 will look different for each of us, but our focus on your safety without sacrificing your academic experience will not waver.

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COVID-19 Statistics at Concordia Nebraska

Concordia maintains this data to inform our community about the number of COVID-19 cases among students, faculty and staff who are on our campus. These are student cases reported to the University Health Center and employee cases reported to Human Resources and verified by a laboratory test. This information only includes positive cases that the university has been made aware of on our residential campus in Seward, Neb. In cases where a student or employee fails to disclose to the university they have tested positive, the university would have no official knowledge of that information.

Confidentiality laws prohibit the university from disclosing any identifying information about affected individuals. Any individual who has tested positive is required to be isolated, and anyone believed to be at risk for exposure will be contacted and asked to self-quarantine. More information on contact tracing is available here.

Current Situation snapshot of active cases
2 Student
1 Employee
Student Cases total since Aug. 1, 2020
55 Positive Cases
53 Recovered
Employee Cases total since Aug. 1, 2020
6 Positive Cases
5 Recovered

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Exercise physical distancing, stay six feet from others.

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If you become ill, please do not leave your room or off-campus residence. Contact the Health Center at 402-643-7224 immediately.

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Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

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Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

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Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.

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Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.