Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Page last updated on July 23, 2021 3:07 pm

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

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 to the right.

Mask requirements

Effective May 17, M State will no longer require employees, students or visitors to wear a mask while on campus. 

This protocol could change if a local community outbreak requires masks in the future or if the state re-implements the mask requirements.

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: