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Current COVID-19 Guidance

SMSU is monitoring local conditions on a daily basis and following guidance from the CDC, MN Department of Health and the Minnesota State System. The following guidance is provided to ensure our entire campus community has a welcoming and safe environment.

SMSU students who have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive case or have tested positive should follow the guidelines for quarantine and isolation. Students should complete the Student COVID-19 Self Report to notify the Office of the Provost of their exposure. Students may call 507-537-6246 if they have questions about quarantine or isolation.

STUDENT SELF REPORT FORM

Well Fitted Masks

  • Well fitted masks are required if the CDC COVID indicators for Lyon County are at substantial or high levels of transmission.   All students, faculty, staff, vendors and members of the public are required to wear well fitted masks in indoor public spaces. Well fitted masks are not required inside residence hall student rooms, office spaces or in an office setting, cubicle or workstation where physical distancing can be maintained. Well fitted masks are not required outdoors.
  • Once cases begin to decline, a well fitted mask requirement may be lifted if Lyon County is in the "low" or "moderate" transmission level for 14 consecutive days.

Quarantine

Quarantine if you have been in  close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been  fully vaccinated.

What to do if you have been vaccinated:

  • People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have  symptoms.
  • Get tested if experiencing  COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Get tested 3-5 days even if not experiencing symptoms following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a well fitted masks in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result.

What to do if you are unvaccinated:

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or  other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at  higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • For employees who test on or after day 5 of exposure, and the test is negative, you may be able to shorten your quarantine, please contact Human Resources.
  • Student should quarantine for 14 days.

What to do if I have had COVID-19 within the previous 3 months:

If you have COVID-19 within the previous 3 months and have recovered and remain COVID-19 system free, you do not need to quarantine, but watch yourself for symptoms.  If COVID-19 symptoms occur, you should quarantine, be tested 3-5 days from exposure, wear a well fitted mask indoors for 14 days from exposure or until a test result is negative.

After quarantine:

  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
  • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.

Isolation

Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected.

People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).

What to do

  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an  emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
  • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
  • Wear a well fitted mask when around other people if able.

Learn more about  what to do if you are sick and  how to notify your contacts.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS

The university needs all community members to adhere to best practices for protecting their own health and the health of others. As such, all faculty, staff and students on campus and all visitors will be expected to follow health and safety protocols.

Well Fitted Masks

  • Well fitted masks are required if the CDC COVID indicators for Lyon County are at substantial or high levels of transmission. All students, faculty, staff, vendors and members of the public are required to wear well fitted masks in indoor public spaces.  Well fitted masks are not required outdoors.   
  • Once cases begin to decline, a well fitted mask requirement may be lifted if Lyon County is in the "low" or "moderate" transmission level for 14 consecutive days.

Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available,  use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching  your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • If you are wearing a well fitted mask: You can cough or sneeze into your well fitted mask. Put on a new, clean well fitted mask as soon as possible and wash your hands.
  • If you are not wearing a well fitted mask:
    • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately  wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean high touch surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If someone is sick or has tested positive for COVID-19, disinfect  frequently touched surfaces. Use a household disinfectant product from  EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19)external icon according to manufacturer’s labeled directions.
    • If surfaces are dirty, clean themusing detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Physical Distancing

  • Classrooms have returned to pre-covid capacity limits. If distancing is possible within the classroom, student should sit at least 3 feet but preferably 6 feet from each other.  Where distancing is not possible, a seating chart is recommended so that student consistently sit in the same seat for contact tracing possibilities.
  • If a student tests positive within a classroom, the entire class will not be required to quarantine. If close contacts cannot be established, all student should monitor for symptoms.  See the quarantine guidelines for those who are vaccinated versus those that are unvaccinated.
  • Unvaccinated individuals should strive to maintain a 6 foot distance at all times if possible.

Monitor your health daily

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or  other symptoms  of COVID-19.
  • Take your temperatureif symptoms develop.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
  • Follow  CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Stay home when sick

  • Individuals who are feeling sick should not come to campus.
  • Individuals who become ill while they are on campus must go home.
  • Students who are ill should be directed to return to their home or residence hall room.
  • Individuals should contact their health provider if necessary.

TRAVEL

Public Transportation

Wearing a well fitted mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a face covering in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus).

International Travel

For student travel, the international travel ban remains in place. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system office will reevaluate and communicate an update no later than October 15, 2021.   Plans for spring 2022 may continue for study abroad while attending to key planning, cancellation and refund deadlines.

For employee travel, campus presidents can now approve international travel to countries under a level 1 or level 2 travel advisory from the US Department of State (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/). Travel to level 3 or level 4 countries will continue to require prior approval from the system office (System Procedure 3.41.1, https://www.minnstate.edu/board/procedure/341p1.html). Requests for employee travel to level 3 or level 4 countries should be submitted to Eric Davis, Vice Chancellor for Human Resources (eric.davis@minnstate.edu), along with a presidential endorsement of the request. 

Out of State Travel

Out of state travel continues to require prior approval by the President of the University.

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