Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Page last updated on March 9, 2021 9:21 am

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Masks required on M State campuses

A face covering or mask must be worn in all public spaces on campus and must cover your nose and mouth completely. Acceptable types of coverings include a paper/disposable face mask, cloth face mask, scarf, bandana, neck gaiter or religious face covering. If you need a mask, please visit the reception desk. Students who cannot wear a face mask or covering due to medical or other reasons should contact Accessibility Resources for possible accommodation measures prior to coming to campus.

Are masks with valves acceptable?

Masks that incorporate a valve designed to facilitate easy exhaling, mesh masks or masks with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material or vents are not sufficient face coverings because they allow exhaled droplets to be released into the air.

Must face coverings be worn by all students and visitors who comes to campus?

Face masks/coverings must be worn by all students, contractors and members of the public at all times on campus in public settings including  reception/receiving area, common workspaces, public spaces, hallways, stairwells, elevators, meeting rooms, classrooms, break rooms and restrooms. Children under the age of 2 are exempt from the face covering rule, however.

Must face coverings be worn outdoors on campus?

They must be worn outdoors when it's not possible to maintain social distancing.

Campus entrances

Visitors and the general public should enter campuses through the main doors.

  • Detroit Lakes - E5
  • Fergus Falls - C300A
  • Moorhead - N2 and W1
  • Wadena - W2

These additional entrances are also available for student use:

  • Detroit Lakes - N1
  • Fergus Falls - L100C, S400D and W600D
  • Moorhead - S3 and E2
  • Wadena - S3 and N1

Employees can enter buildings through any door that is convenient for them.

Daily COVID screening required


All campus visitors must complete the COVID symptom screening daily before entering or upon arrival on campus. The screening includes questions related to COVID-19 symptoms and exposure and must be completed once each day that you come to campus.

If you answer no to all the questions, a green screen will display on your electronic device that can be used to verify you passed the self-screen. 

How can I access the screening tool?

The tool can be accessed from college's home webpage and, for employees, from the Employee Portal.

What if I am a visitor or contractor?

A kiosk has been set up at the front entrance to each campus where visitors and contractors can complete the screening.

What if I do not get a green screen?

If you receive the message "Based on your answers, you are NOT authorized to come on campus for classes or work," Minnesota Department of Health guidance requires that you:

  • Do not come to campus
  • Self-isolate or quarantine immediately
  • If you are a student, call the campus Support Center at 877.450.3322 for further assistance
  • If you are an employee, contact your supervisor or human resources
  • If you are a visitor, inform your campus contact
  • If you live in the Fergus Falls campus residence halls, contact the housing director at 218.770.4275 for further instruction
  • Monitor your health and contact your healthcare provider as needed. If you need additional assistance, contact the campus COVID-19 contact email address below.

COVID-19 testing sites

Students, faculty and staff who desire to be tested for COVID-19 should contact their primary care physicians for testing locations in their area. Local facilities that are conducting COVID testing include

Detroit Lakes
  • Essentia
  • Sanford
  • White Earth testing site
Fergus Falls
  • Lake Region Healthcare
  • Essentia (Fargo)
  • Sanford (Fargo)
  • Family HealthCare (Fargo)
  • Former Thomas Edison Elementary School, 1110 S 14th St. (saliva testing)
  • Tri-County Healthcare
At-home testing
Vault no-cost at home testing for all Minnesotans


Click here for answers to many of the commonly asked question about COVID-19 testing for students.

Covid-19 Vaccine Guidance

Where can I find new quarantine guidance regarding the COVID-19 vaccine?

If someone has completed COVID-19 vaccination (two doses in a two-dose series or one dose in a one-dose series) and is exposed, they do not need to quarantine if ALL of the following are true:

▪ The COVID-19 exposure was at least 14 days after their vaccination series was fully completed.

▪ The COVID-19 exposure was within 90 days of their final dose of the vaccination series.

▪ They do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19.

People who work in a health care or long-term care facility, have been vaccinated and have a COVID-19 exposure should refer to guidelines for their situation.

COVID-19 Recommendations for Health Care Workers

Other links regarding vaccine and quarantine recommendations

CDC When to Quarantine

When, where and how can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Minnesota has launched the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector tool meant to help Minnesota residents find out when, where and how to get their COVID-19 vaccine. This tool connects Minnesotans to a vaccine opportunity near them — no matter where they live or their personal circumstances.

Signing up for the Vaccine Connector is easy, safe and secure —and all Minnesotans should sign up, no matter their current eligibility status.

When Minnesotans become eligible, the Vaccine Connector will:

• alert them of their eligibility

• connect them to resources to schedule an appointment; and

• notify them if there are vaccination opportunities in their area.

You can access this tool at

Cares Act Emergency Grants

FAQs about the Cares Act Emergency Grants available to qualified M State students are included in the Student FAQ section of this web page.

Other informational resources

There are many sources of information on COVID-19 including state, national and international organizations. Primary sources for Minnesota State monitoring, planning and response are:

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH):

COVID-19 Home:

For schools:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

COVID-19 Home:


State Department (DOS):

Travel Information: