What do you do if a student tells you they tested positive, have symptoms or were exposed to COVID 19?

Confidentiality of personal health information is paramount at all times. Instructors and staff may not disclose to classes, colleagues, or others that someone is sick, has a positive COVID-19 test, or is in quarantine due to exposure.

  

Twin Cities Students

STUDENT WAS EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WHO WAS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

STUDENT WAS EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WHO WAS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

What does the faculty do if the student tells the faculty?

  • Advise the student to contact the Boynton Nurse Line at 612-625-7900 (answered 24/7) or another trusted health care provider (even if the student appears to be asymptomatic).
  • Students not located in Minnesota should utilize their nearby or current healthcare provider resources or seek testing options via their state’s department of health webpage.

Student has COVID symptoms

Student has COVID symptoms

What does the faculty do if the student tells the faculty?

  • Advise the student to contact the Boynton Nurse Line at 612-625-7900 (answered 24/7) or another trusted health care provider (even if the student appears to be asymptomatic).
  • Students not located in Minnesota should utilize their nearby or current healthcare provider resources or seek testing options via their state’s department of health webpage.

The University’s testing protocols follow guidance for higher education institutions from public health experts, including MDH and University health experts.

What happens next?

  • Students will be instructed by the health care provider to isolate for 10 days after symptoms first appear to reduce the risk of infecting others. Isolation should then continue until the individual has experienced 24 hours without a fever and other symptoms have improved. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a 10-day isolation period for those known to be infected with COVID-19 but are asymptomatic. 
  • Students must notify their course instructors of their need to be absent from a course or practicum experiences. The course instructor will work with the program director and academic advisor to work out a plan for the student to meet course and/or practicum requirements.

Student has tested positive for COVID-19

Student has tested positive for COVID-19

What does the faculty do if the student tells the faculty?

  • Reinforce that the student should follow the directions from their health care provider.
  • Work with the program director and academic advisor to work out a plan for the student to meet course and/or practicum requirements

Rochester Students

STUDENT WAS EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WHO WAS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 OR HAS COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

STUDENT WAS EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WHO WAS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 OR HAS COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

What does the faculty do if the student tells the faculty?

The student needs to...

  • Immediately contact their healthcare provider or the Olmsted Medical Center Triage Line (507) 292-7266. When calling OMC, students need to say they are a UMR student and not a Twin Cities student. OMC will provide virtual and/or on-site services, including a referral for testing, if necessary. Note that the triage line is staffed 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday. 

    • If the phone line is closed, the student should quarantine in their room until they are able to reach their healthcare provider or the OMC triage line.

  • Complete the online COVID Care Report form, which will be received by the UMR COVID Care team.

  • Stay in their apartment or home until they receive guidance from their healthcare provider or public health officer, monitor email and phone for instructions regarding next steps.

  • Inform family members of their situation.

  • Notify their course instructors if they need to be absent from a course or practicum experiences. Their course instructor will work with the program director and academic advisor to work out a plan for them to meet course and/or practicum requirements.

STUDENT HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

STUDENT HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

What does the faculty do if the student tells the faculty?

  • Reinforce that the student should follow the directions from their health care provider.

  • Work with the program director and academic advisor to work out a plan for the student to meet course and/or practicum requirements

Important to know

  • Those that may have been exposed to a student with a confirmed COVID-19 positive test may be notified by health care or public health officials through contact tracing—an interview with a public health official to learn of others who may have been exposed. Names of people who test positive or who may have been exposed will not be released, per HIPAA and FERPA rules.
  • The program director for the student’s academic program is available to coordinate communication between the clinical setting and the contact tracing officials. 
  • Some health care organizations may have policies that students and clinical instructors must follow if they experience symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or experience a COVID-19 exposure (per definition) requiring quarantine or isolation. The Office of Academic Programs keeps the up to date information about health care organizations’ policies.

Definition of exposure

Exposure is defined as close contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case closer than 6 feet for 15 minutes or more.
  • Note that classrooms, the Bentson Center, Simulation Center at UMR, and MSimulation are designed to limit opportunities for exposure by adhering reduced density, 6-feet physical distancing, face coverings, and other protocols .
  • Note the students who may be working in health care settings as nurses or other types of health care workers and are exposed to someone with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case and wearing appropriate PPE are not considered exposed.