COVID-19 and Prevention

We have a collective responsibility to protect one another with vaccination, daily individual health monitoring, proper handwashing, physical distancing, and wearing masks.

COVID-19 Dashboard

  • This dashboard shows results from ongoing COVID-19 testing administered by Boynton Health to faculty, staff, and students. This dashboard is updated weekly by the University.

Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

Vaccination & Booster Shots

  • All UMN students enrolled online or in person must complete the Student COVID-19 Immunization Vaccination Form if they have not done so already to lift the hold on academic records.
  • Employees cannot ask students their vaccination status.
  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination: All University of Minnesota faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate student workers, adjuncts, professionals in training, residents, and fellows must fill out “Report a Vaccination or Exemption” in the My Info tab in MyU. Please note that this step is required even if you have previously completed the University’s vaccine attestation form for employees or the vaccination form for students.
  • New employees must fill out the form prior to their first day of work.
  • Alternatively, you may submit documentation requesting a religious or medical exemption.
  • Vaccination certification FAQs
  • Vaccine and testing mandates do not extend to visitors (i.e. guest speaker, external event participants, parents, vendors, etc.).

Masks

  • Instructors and TA’s: All SPH instructors and TA’s with spring 2022 in-person teaching responsibilities will receive a package of N95 masks for themselves. Instructors should contact their division administrator for information about when and where to pick up their masks.
  • Employees: SPH has ordered N95 masks for employees who will be on campus in spring 2022. Employees will be contacted by their division administrator (or Tamara Hink for school-wide units), as soon as masks are available to pick up.
  • Students: SPH has ordered N95 masks for students who will be on campus in spring 2022. Beginning Jan. 24, 2022, N95 masks will be available in SPH Student Services, Mayo A395, for SPH students to pick up during regular business hours (M-TH, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.). Note: Only SPH students can pick up masks from this location.

Events

  • As of Mar. 14, 2022, SPH events indoors may be held as long as they follow University requirements and are consistent with guidance from the CDC, MDH, and the University’s own public health and medical experts (view UMN FAQs for event planners).
  • SPH outdoor events can be held if masked, smaller, and allow for significant spacing (i.e. not a reception with queues at the bar, etc). For example, outdoor picnics can be allowed as long as there is no indoor reception gathering.
  • At outdoor events, food and drink should be kept to a minimum (or avoided altogether) and there should be visible signs reminding people to remask after eating or drinking.
  • As a public health institution, we are taking a cautious stance toward events, which may or may not be similar to what other UMN colleges and schools are doing.
  • We have made this difficult decision based on current CDC recommendations and our evolving understanding of the quickly changing impact of COVID-19.
  • We will reevaluate our approach to in-person events on a continuing basis and will communicate promptly when shifts are made.
  • We greatly miss not seeing each other in person for events and we remain hopeful that we can gather again safely very soon.

Events by other organizations:

  • Guidance to faculty/staff at present is that when they represent SPH at events, they need to model behavior / appropriate COVID hygiene (wear a mask, maintain physical distance, etc.).

Event locations:

  • If an event is being held off campus but under our brand, it should have our protocols in place. If that is a problem for the venue, we should not proceed.

Meetings On Campus

  • Include remote access to all in-person meetings when possible.
  • Consider meeting outdoors when possible.
  • The air quality in many SPH spaces has been tested. See SPH Conference Rooms + Spaces: COVID-19 for details.
  • Employees who feel unwell should stay home and report their absence.
  • Many SPH spaces have been tested by University Industrial Hygienist Neil Carlson and/or Facilities Management (FM). See SPH Conference Rooms + Spaces: COVID-19 for details.
  • If a space did not meet the minimum standards, FM investigated the issue and adjusted HVAC systems.
  • Questions? Contact your division administrator or Tamara Hink at hink@umn.edu.
  • The SPH student SPHere air quality was checked and met the standards.
  • The space has 2 HEPA filters running 24/7.
  • SPH Student Services Center staff will make sure the space has cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer.
  • View more details about the SPHere Lounge.

Testing

  • Information about the University’s COVID-19 Testing Program: MTest webpage

Hand Sanitizer and Cleaning Supplies

  • Facilities Management has installed hand sanitizer stations at building entrances and high traffic areas.
  • SPH will make hand sanitizer bottles available at front desks/reception areas, in conference rooms, and in other high traffic areas. Divisions will manage supplies in their spaces.
  • Cleaning supplies for offices and conference rooms will be maintained by each division.

Healthcare

  • For the safety of everyone, including yourself, if you are feeling sick, please stay home. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to remain flexible, understanding, and help accommodate individual needs.
  • If you suspect you have COVID-19 symptoms, contact:
  • For international students, staff, and faculty affected by the coronavirus:

Emergency Paid Leave for COVID-19

  • Employees and student workers have access to emergency paid COVID leave for the foreseeable future to cover any time away due to vaccine side effects, quarantine/isolation time due to exposure, or contracting the virus regardless of how they complete the form.
  • Note: This paid leave is not available for those the University sends home due to failure to complete the mandatory attestation form.

Questions?

If you have a question we didn’t answer in these pages, please submit it online.

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