Staying Safe and Healthy this Fall
Fall and winter bring an uptick in seasonal illnesses as the University community returns to campus and temperatures get cooler. The information below can help you and your community stay healthy during times of increased and seasonal strep, RSV, flu and COVID activity.
An ounce of prevention
- Wash your hands
- Stay home if you’re sick. For information on academic and work support with illness, please see the University’s COVID-19 absence policy for students or employees.
- Cover your cough and sneeze: Cough into your elbow, or use a well-fitted, multi-layered mask.
- Get plenty of rest: This is easier said than done, especially for busy students, but you will perform better when you are healthy and rested.
- Stay hydrated: Drink lots of water, try to avoid beverages with lots of sugar, caffeine or alcohol.
Masks on campus
University of Minnesota faculty, staff, students, and visitors (including contractors, service providers, vendors, and suppliers) are required to wear a mask only in posted healthcare settings, isolation spaces and/or settings where Personal Protective Equipment is required. Everyone may wear a mask in settings that do not require them if they choose. The University expects all community members to respect those who choose to wear a mask, as well as those who choose not to wear one.
High quality masks are available free of charge for students to pick up at all University residence halls/apartments systemwide while supplies last.
Faculty and staff may order masks from U Market Services through their departments. We are continuing the Mask Support Program for anyone with special healthcare concerns and may benefit from specialized consultation.
You may find information on mask fit and material from Health and Safety and Risk Management (HSRM).
- At home COVID tests: All Minnesotans can order free at home COVID from the Minnesota Department of Health. At home tests are also available for purchase at most pharmacies, including Boynton Health Pharmacy.
- Note: Positive COVID tests do not need to be reported to MDH or your health provider. If you test positive for COVID 19, follow these guidelines from the MN Department of Health.
- If you have symptoms and need a test for COVID-19, influenza, RSV, strep or other illness, University students, staff, and faculty can make an appointment for testing by calling or walking in at one of the Local Agencies, such as Altru Clinic or RiverView Health.
- Visit student Health Services or you primary care provider if you’re feeling sick and wondering about treatment.
- The MN Department of Health offers a free COVID 19 telehealth test-to-treat program to help ensure Minnesotans have easy access to care and treatments for COVID 19.
- Additionally, remember to follow these guidelines from the MN Department of Health.
University students, faculty and staff on the Crookston campus can be vaccinated against flu and COVID-19. See upcoming vaccination clinics.
Information on staying up to date on COVID vaccines can be found on MN Department of Health.