Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
Check back for information about upcoming campus vaccination clinics.
*All vaccines are free of charge.*
M State is following updated CDC guidance and Minnesota State requirements on face coverings in indoor public areas in counties of substantial or high levels of transmission. Each campus will be evaluated independently base on their county transmission levels.
As of August 16, face coverings are required in indoor public spaces on M State's four campuses in:
- Detroit Lakes
- Fergus Falls
Face covering requirements will continue until such time that the county has a transmission rate of moderate or low for 14 consecutive days.
Information will be sent out via email to employees and students and posted on our COVID-19 page when the status for a campus changes. Also look for signs with face covering requirements on campus exterior doors.
Student Vaccination Requirements and Guidelines
Student Vaccination Guidelines
M State will NOT require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or require COVID-19 testing for students in order to be on campus and attend in-person classes.
There are specific M State student groups, however, who will be required to provide proof of vaccination, including:
- students participating in intercollegiate athletics consistent with the NJCAA and the Minnesota College Athletic Conference must show proof of vaccination, or be tested weekly during their season.
- Student who live in on-campus housing on the M State Fergus Falls campus.
- M State students who live on the MSUM campus will be subject to MSUM’s vaccination and/or testing protocol.
- students in programs in the School of Health Sciences, Human Services and Nursing who are enrolled in clinical or internship experiences.
Vaccination Requirements for External Clinical Sites
Information regarding this requirement for these student groups will be communicated directly to the students impacted.
M State’s clinical partners are dedicated to preventing illnesses and caring for the communities they serve. Our clinical partners have been concerned about the continued transmission of COVID-19 and many are requiring vaccinations to participate in clinical settings. As partners with each clinical site, programs in the School of Health Sciences, Human Services and Nursing are required to abide by the safety and health requirements of the clinical sites.
Going forward, many of M State’s clinical partners are requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in the required clinical experiences starting Fall 2021 semester. Students enrolled in programs and courses with clinical rotations will have received direct communication about vaccination requirements, deadlines for vaccinations, and exemption options to participate in clinical experiences.
As the clinical experience is part of the M State’s School of Health Sciences, Human Services and Nursing programs to meet course outcomes, students who do not abide by clinical affiliate health policy or immunization requirements will be unable to attend clinicals, which will result in not being able to meet the course outcomes. The College also cannot guarantee another site if students cannot meet the clinical site requirements.
COVID-19 testing sites
Students, faculty and staff who desire to be tested for COVID-19 can contact their primary care physicians for testing locations in their area or follow the information provided in the drop-down menu below.
- Find a testing site
- At-home testing
- Vault no-cost at-home testing for all Minnesotans
- Free at-home COVID tests
COVID-19 vaccine guidance and isolation and quarantine guidelines
- Where can I find a COVID-19 vaccination site?
- Where can I find isolation and quarantine guidelines?
Federal coronavirus grant information
To ease financial burdens caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government approved three separate stimulus bills. Each included funding for higher education and was awarded to offset financial hardships to both institutions and students.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) act was authorized March 27, 2020; the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation (CRRSA) Act was authorized December 27, 2020; and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) was signed into law March 11, 2021.
Each of these federal stimulus packages contains relief funding for M State and M State students who meet specific criteria. The laws require the college to report quarterly on use of the funds for both students and the institution. Those quarterly reports can be found by clicking on the green buttons on the right at the top of this 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):
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
COVID-19 Home: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
State Department (DOS):