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COVID-19 Updates

Latest Updates: November 23, 2021

  • November 23: Message from Vice President for Human Resources Ken Horstman regarding the requirement to provide proof of vaccination or exemption. All University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and student workers must fill out “Report a Vaccination or Exemption”  in the My Info tab in MyU by 11:59 p.m. December 3, 2021. Please note that this step is required even if you have previously completed the University’s vaccine attestation form for employees or the vaccination form for students. The form requires you submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Alternatively, you may submit documentation requesting a religious or medical exemption.

  • November 3, 2021: Vice President of Human Resources Ken Horstman sent a message regarding federal COVID-19 vaccination requirements for faculty, staff, and student workers. Read the message.
  • October 4, 2021: Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, Dean of the Medical School and Vice President for Clinical Affairs updated the University community with this information: Informed as always by science and the guidance of federal, state, and the University’s public health and medical experts, we are updating the resources and guidance for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 on our campuses. This shift is to aid individuals who test positive in identifying and notifying contacts quickly, which will also complement efforts by public health officials around patient interviews and contact tracing. These decisions also reflect our increased understanding of how and where COVID-19 is transmitted and the important role that vaccines play in mitigating transmission opportunities. The Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) COVIDAwareMN app is a useful tool available for receiving information from and providing information to close contacts about positive cases of COVID-19. More information about the October 4 update is available here.
  • August 27, 2021: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. All enrolled University of Minnesota students (whether taking courses in person or online) are now required to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or provide documentation for a medical or religious exemption. Students received an email with the link to the UMN Student COVID-19 Vaccination Form in their university email on Friday afternoon, August 27. To meet this requirement, please submit the form electronically by Friday, October 8, 2021. The form includes students' UMN log in. It will ask for the date(s) of your COVID-19 vaccination along with the type of vaccination received. Documentation for medical or religious exemptions can also be uploaded within the form.

    Additional information is available:

    UMN Morris COVID-19 FAQ.

    Office of Student Affairs,, 320-589-6013

    Health Service—for medical questions, 320-589-6070.

  • There is still time to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are free and highly effective. If you would like to be vaccinated in Morris, contact SCMC, Prairie Ridge, Horizon Public Health, or Thrifty White for an appointment.

  • Find University of Minnesota COVID-19 updates, including links to University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel's messages, on the Safe Campus COVID-19 Updates page.

  • University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel held a Town Hall meeting on August 18, 2021, for all members of the University of Minnesota community. If you were unable to attend the Town Hall, a video link can be found here. In addition, you can find regular updates to the FAQs on the Get the Vax 2.0 website, as the implementation of the plan takes shape with ongoing consultation with faculty, staff, and students. If you have additional questions, please contact us, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

  • August 2, 2021: Updates to Face Covering Protocol on campus. Beginning August 3, 2021, face coverings are required in all campus buildings, regardless of vaccination status.

  • There are COVID-19 community testing sites statewide. Mail-in saliva testing is available to anyone living in Minnesota, and self-test kits are widely available at pharmacies. If a test is needed, students may call Stevens Community Medical Center (SCMC), either the main appointment line 320-589-7600 or the Urgent Care Respiratory Clinic number 320-589-7636, to schedule. Any student who is symptomatic or had an exposure to COVID-19 can go to the SCMC Urgent Care/Respiratory Clinic entrance, which is on the north side of the building next to the Emergency Department (not the main clinic entrance).

  • As of June 1, the restriction on international travel for University business has been lifted. Learn more about international travel.

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