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COVID-19 Prevention and Response

Testing is an important part of a comprehensive, layered public health plan to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses, along with measures like physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and good health habits. Below are ways to reduce the spread of the virus along with additional health and wellbeing information and resources.

Prevention Strategies

  • Face coverings are required on the Twin Cities campus in most situations, per the State of Minnesota and University policy. View the Face Covering information. Students, faculty, and staff may choose to wear the two cloth face masks provided by the University, or wear personally supplied face coverings.
  • Physical distancing of six feet or more should be maintained as much as possible in any situation, whether in classrooms, dining facilities, residence halls, or outdoor areas.
  • All are encouraged to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, stay home if feeling unwell, and seek medical care from Boynton Health or a trusted medical professional. 
  • Regular housekeeping practices are being enhanced by University facilities management teams, including frequent cleaning and sanitization of high-touch areas. Find more information about cleaning procedures, hand sanitizer availability, and other guidance by visiting Facilities Management’s site.
  • Stop the Spread of COVID-19 is our shared commitment to protect one another with daily individual health monitoring, proper handwashing, physical distancing, and by wearing face coverings. Do your part on- and off-campus to help keep our community healthy.
  • The Gophers Protecting Gophers campaign encourages the University community to wear face coverings, practice social distancing, and implement other behaviors that slow the spread of COVID-19. Follow @umnsua for more updates on the campaign.

Systemwide COVID-19 Response Resources

Crookston Campus COVID-19 Response Health Center: 218-281-8512
Duluth Campus COVID-19 Response UMD Health Services: 218-726-8155
Morris Campus COVID-19 Response Health Services: 320-589-6070
Rochester Campus COVID-19 Response OMC Triage Line: 507-292-7266
Twin Cities Campus COVID-19 Response Boynton Health online
If symptoms are severe and need to be evaluated by a medical provider, please call 612-625-3222.

Public Health Preparedness

  • The University has a robust public health emergency planning and response system. Efforts in the Twin Cities are coordinated by the Health Emergency Response Office (HERO) and Campus Public Health Officer Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D. The Crookston, Duluth, Morris and Rochester campuses are coordinating their responses locally with guidance and support from HERO. 
  • The Twin Cities Campus has established a Health Operations Team for COVID-19 with membership from HERO, Boynton Health, Housing and Residential Life, M Dining, University Relations, and Office of Academic Clinical Affairs. Other University units work with HERO on issues that require problem-solving consultation beyond guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and MDH. This team plans, coordinates, and implements the public health plan in the Twin Cities, and partners with colleagues on the Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester campuses.
  • Testing strategy: Guidance from MDH is that individuals who do not have symptoms should not be tested for COVID-19 with two exceptions—patients needed to be tested before certain medical procedures and individuals told by public health workers/contract tracers that they should be tested after being exposed to someone known to have COVID-19 or are connected to a setting where an outbreak is occurring. Testing provides a snapshot of an individual's health at that moment in time, meaning someone may test negative for COVID-19 one day but could spread the virus before they are tested again.

Health and Wellbeing

Respect and Reporting Bias

  • The University is committed to creating an inclusive climate for all of our community members. The CDC offers guidance on countering stigma related to this virus. 
  • We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has, in some cases, resulted in hostile, offensive or intimidating acts directed against individuals because of their perceived race, national origin, age, disability-status, or other protected identity*. These behaviors could constitute prohibited discrimination or harassment under University policy. 
  • We encourage you to contact your campus resource listed below if you believe that you have experienced mistreatment because you:
    • are perceived to be associated with COVID-19 because of your national origin, race, or other protected identity,
    • are perceived to have COVID-19 because of a protected identity,
    • are perceived to be vulnerable to COVID-19 because of a protected identity, have COVID-19, or have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • In addition, we recognize that University members must learn and work differently given the current remote learning and working environment. If you believe that you have been denied reasonable accommodations for a disability in the remote working and learning environment, please also contact your campus resource listed below.
  Discrimination, harassment, nepotism, related retaliation by a student Discrimination, harassment, nepotism, related retaliation by an employee, volunteer, vendor, or visitor
Crookston Crookston Campus Crookston HR website
Duluth Duluth Campus Annalisa Peterson
[email protected]
Morris Morris Campus Morris HR website
Rochester Andrew Williams
[email protected]
Rochester website
Twin Cities The Office for Community Standards Visit their website; click on the Report Online Button or contact EOAA at: (612) 624-9547 or [email protected]

*protected identities include: race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, familial status, disability, public assistance status, membership or activity in a local commission created for the purpose of dealing with discrimination, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.


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