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COVID Health and Safety

Student behavior will be one of the most important keys to UMR’s success in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in a manner that limits transmission on campus.

The University and campus partners are working hard to implement recommended public health measures within the UMR community.

Student behavior continues to be one of the most important keys to UMR’s success in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in a manner that limits transmission on campus. In that spirit, we are asking students to:

  • Wear a mask. Effective August 3, it is required that all students, staff, faculty, contractors, and visitors to our campuses, offices, and facilities, statewide, wear facial coverings while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Get vaccinated
    • Schedule a vaccine appointment with Olmsted Medical Center by calling 507.292.7300.
    • Mayo Clinic provides weekly walk-in vaccine clinics in the Siebens Building. Call 507-284-2511 for information on upcoming dates and times.
    • Appointments will take place at the Rochester Northwest Clinic.
    • Let your provider know you’d like to be vaccinated.
    • Check with local pharmacies.
    • Sign up on the MN vaccine connector
  • Practice good personal hygiene, including hand washing throughout the day. 

Students: 

  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms or are concerned that you may have been exposed, complete a COVID Care form and call the OMC triage line at 507-292-7266 (or call your personal health care provider). The COVID Care Team is ready to support you upon submission of a completed form. 

Safety and Cleaning Practices
Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing practices throughout all University facilities have been implemented as recommended by public health guidelines such as:

  • Hand sanitizer dispensers located in multiple locations throughout campus.  
  • Cleaning supplies available for individual use when desired.
  • High touch surfaces cleaned twice daily.
  • Additional custodial staff to perform routine cleaning throughout the day.
  • Increased measures to provide fresh air and air filtration.

Testing/Isolation/Quarantine
Testing:
Students are expected to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and Protect The Nest. If a student develops COVID symptoms or has exposure concerns they must complete a COVID Care form and call the OMC triage line at 507-292-7266 or their personal health care provider.

The COVID Care team will guide a COVID positive student through the COVID Care process, coordinate necessary support, and enact related campus measures as needed. The team is comprised of UMR’s Director of Health and Well-Being, Director of Residential Life, Safety Officer, Disability Resource Coordinator, Vice Chancellor for Student Success, Engagement & Equity, Director of Employee Engagement, Development, and Wellbeing, and Vice Chancellor for Finance and Campus Resources. The COVID Care Team will work in concert with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) or Olmsted County Public Health Department.

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.

Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected to prevent further spread of disease.

Guidance on Student Positive Cases
Find guidance on handling and responding to student positive cases.