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COVID-19 Health Protocols for Students

Expectations for students

You should: 

  • Self-monitor health every day for any of these critical symptoms: fever, respiratory symptoms, sore throat, or dry cough. 
    • Broader list of COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste/smell; or nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • If you do not have a thermometer, Health Service does have some available. Stop by and ask for one OR ask for one at your next appointment in Health Service.
  • Not attend in-person classes or student jobs if you have symptoms.
  • Contact Health Service or consult with your healthcare provider if you feel sick. 
  • Follow guidance from Health Service or healthcare providers about whether a test is needed and where to find testing site locations.
  • If you have close contact with someone who has been told by a doctor, clinic, or hospital that they have COVID-19, follow the appropriate guidance below. Note that being exposed to COVID-19 is not in itself an emergency situation:
    • If you are fully vaccinated (it has been two weeks since your last dose of vaccine):
      • Continue to attend classes and fully participate in all activities, including employment, or
      • Stay home if you have symptoms. Get tested as soon as possible. Avoid others for at least 10 days since your symptoms appear or until you receive a negative test result.
      • Without symptoms, get tested 3-5 days after the close contact or as soon as possible if you don’t know when you had close contact. Consult Health Service or call Stevens Community Medical Center (SCMC) Urgent Care Respiratory Clinic number 320-589-7636 to schedule a test.
      • Wear a mask indoors for 14 days following close contact or until your test result is negative.
    • If you are not fully vaccinated:
      • Get tested as soon as possible and 3-5 days after the exposure. Consider regular testing after that. Consult Health Service or call Stevens Community Medical Center (SCMC) Urgent Care Respiratory Clinic number 320-589-7636 to schedule a test.
      • Stay home regardless of symptoms. Avoid others for up to 14 days. To find the appropriate number of days for your circumstances, use this COVID-19 quarantine and isolation calculator.
      • Protect others in your household by wearing a mask, staying away from others, and taking other prevention steps.
    • If you develop symptoms yourself:
      • Consult Health Service (320-589-6070 or hlthserv@morris.umn.edu) or your healthcare provider.
      • Health Service staff will assess your symptoms, determine if testing is needed, and advise on healthcare best practices.
      • If you have been exposed and receive a positive test result (isolation required), Health Service and the student care team will coordinate your care and support.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, we strongly recommend you inform your individual close contacts that they may have been exposed and should seek testing. Please take the following steps:
    • You may receive guidance from MDH with information and a request to complete an online survey. Completing the survey will help MDH better understand the current state of COVID-19 transmission in our state.
    • Review and act on guidance about how to identify close contacts and advice for notifying them that you have tested positive for COVID-19.
    • Inform your instructors of your need to isolate and make arrangements to stay on track with your courses. Instructors may also help you identify close contacts in your classrooms or labs where close contacts can be identified.
    • Reach out to your manager or supervisor if you work on campus to arrange for time off and request assistance with notifying those with whom you have had close contact if needed.
    • Follow all public health or medical guidance about isolating and taking additional steps to protect others, including staying home if you are ill.
  • Follow Health Service, healthcare provider, or public health guidance on when to return to in-person activities.
  • Contact instructors as needed to request accommodations for classes as guided by UMN policy for make-up work for legitimate absences due to illness. (Refer to the policy and related FAQs for guidance.)

Definitions

  • Exposure to the coronavirus, as currently defined by the Minnesota Department of Health, is close contact—less than six feet for greater than a cumulative of 15 minutes in 24 hours—with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Isolation and quarantine help to protect your friends and colleagues by preventing exposure to you if you have or may have COVID-19. Both isolation and quarantine require you to stay at home or in your room, avoiding contact with other people. 
    • If you have a positive test result, isolation helps to slow the spread of disease by separating you from those who are not sick. If you live with others, you should not interact with other household members.
    • Quarantine helps to slow the spread of disease by avoiding contact with others if you have been exposed to COVID-19.  

Resources for students living on campus: 

  1. If you believe you have been exposed and/or develop symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste/smell; or nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea), consult Health Service (320-589-6070 or hlthserv@morris.umn.edu) or your healthcare provider.
  2. Health Service staff will assess your symptoms, determine if testing is needed, and advise on healthcare best practices. 
  3. If Health Service so determines, you can be tested here on campus.
  4. If you have been exposed and receive a positive test result (isolation required):
    1. Health Service and the student care team will coordinate your care and support. We strongly recommend you inform your individual close contacts that they may have been exposed and should seek testing.
    2. Health Service will notify the Office of Residential Life (ORL) regarding isolation housing for students living on campus. (You may choose to isolate off-campus if you have support with family or others nearby.) You will be contacted by ORL staff about next steps to change rooms, if needed. ORL will contact Dining Services in order to provide ongoing dining support while you are in isolation. 
    3. You will be contacted by Health Service to monitor your well-being.  
    4. Students will contact faculty and tutors for ongoing academic support during isolation. Student Affairs can provide additional support and coordination when needed.
    5. If your condition changes or worsens, contact Health Service.  
    6. Public health professionals ask that you isolate for at least 10 days after your symptoms first appear. Isolation should then continue until you have experienced 24 hours without a fever. 
  5. If you receive a negative test result after exposure or if you have been exposed and not tested quarantine may be required.
    1. Health Service and the student care team will coordinate your support. 
    2. Health Service will notify the Office of Residential Life (ORL) regarding quarantine housing. (You may choose to quarantine off-campus if you have support with family or others nearby.) Quarantine will last as directed by health care or public health professionals.  
    3. You will be contacted by ORL staff about next steps to change rooms, if needed. ORL will contact dining services in order to provide ongoing dining support while you are in quarantine. 
    4. You will be contacted by Health Service to monitor your well-being.  
    5. Students will contact faculty and tutors for ongoing academic support during quarantine. Student Affairs can provide additional support and coordination when needed. 
    6. If your condition changes or worsens, contact Health Service.   
    7. Continue to monitor your personal health. Contact Health Service as needed. 
  6. Once you are released from quarantine or isolation by Health Service, your healthcare provider, or public health officials you may resume regular on-campus activities and classes.

Resources for students living off-campus: 

  1. If you believe you have been exposed and/or develop symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste/smell; or nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea), consult Health Services: 320-589-6070 or hlthserv@morris.umn.edu, or your healthcare provider.
  2. Health Service staff will assess your symptoms, determine if testing is needed, and advise on healthcare best practices. 
  3. When your test results are back: 
    1. Health Service will coordinate your support. We strongly recommend you inform your individual close contacts that they may have been exposed and should seek testing.
    2. Follow the instructions you receive from Health Service, SCMC, and/or public health officials for quarantine (negative test result) or isolation (positive test result). If negative, you may be asked to quarantine, in a space with a separate room and bathroom, for at least 14 days or until otherwise directed by health care or public health professionals.  If positive, public health professionals ask that you isolate for at least 10 days after your symptoms first appear. Isolation should then continue until you have experienced 24 hours without a fever. 
    3. You will be contacted by Health Service to monitor your well-being. 
    4. You should contact faculty and tutors for ongoing academic support during isolation.  
    5. If your condition changes or worsens, contact Health Service.  
  4. Once you are released from quarantine or isolation by Health Service, your healthcare provider, or public health officials you may resume on campus activities and classes. Contact Health Service if needed. 

Contact Information

Physical health and wellness: Health Service 320-589-6070 or hlthserv@morris.umn.edu   

Mental health resources: Student Counseling 320-589-6060 or the UMN Crisis Line at 612-301-4673 or text “UMN” to 61222 on evenings and weekends. Non-emergency scheduling can also be arranged via the Student Counseling website
 
On-campus housing: Office of Residential Life 320-589-6475 to arrange housing and support. After business hours, contact Public Safety.

Campus Public Safety:  320-589-6000 

Classes and academic support: Contact your instructors and advisor or the Student Success Center 320-589-6178 or ummssc@morris.umn.edu.

Student life support and resources: Contact Student Affairs at 320-589-6013 or ummvcsa@morris.umn.edu