Staying Safe and Healthy From COVID This Fall

September 20, 2023

Fall and winter bring an uptick in seasonal illnesses and COVID-19 is no exception. The information below can help you and your community stay healthy as we see increased COVID activity. 

COVID-19 vaccine updates 

The CDC is recommending all people aged six months and older get an updated COVID vaccine, along with your seasonal flu shot. Find more information on vaccine availability on Boynton’s Flu & COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics webpage.

Tips to keep healthy

  • 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 only required to wear a mask in certain settings. 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. Learn more about mask resources on our COVID-19 page.

Feeling sick? 

Get tested

All Minnesotans can order free at home COVID tests from the Minnesota Department of Health. At home tests are also available for purchase at most pharmacies, including Boynton Health Pharmacy.

PCR testing for patients with symptoms of COVID-19 is available by appointment in the Gopher Quick Clinic by calling 612-625-3222, or on a walk-in basis at Boynton’s Urgent Care. 

Get treated

If you’re feeling sick and wondering about treatment, call 612-625-7900 to talk to a Boynton Health nurse. 

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.

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