Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Check back for information about upcoming campus vaccination clinics.

*All vaccines are free of charge.*

Click here for information about other vaccination clinics in the area.

Mask requirements

As of March 3, all M State campuses are in the “low” level community transmission.

Effective March 4, following the Minnesota System protocol, M State is discontinuing the mask requirement and moving all campus locations to mask-optional.

Regardless of county-level data, individuals may choose to continue wearing masks. If you are at high-risk for severe illness, we recommend you speak with your healthcare provider for guidance.

The CDC has not changed masking guidance for healthcare and clinical settings. The M State Dental Clinic, located on the Moorhead campus, will continue to require masks. Students participating in clinical or internship placements will be required to follow masking requirements of the facility.

 

 

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.
  • 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

Visit the Minnesota Covid-19 Response website

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?

Visit the Minnesota COVID-19 Response website

Where can I find isolation and quarantine guidelines?

Click here for M State 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):

COVID-19 Home: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html

For schools:  https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

COVID-19 Home:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Travel: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

State Department (DOS):

Travel Information: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/travelers-with-special-considerations.html