What do you do if you were exposed to, have symptoms of, or tested positive for COVID 19?

Confidentiality of personal health information is paramount at all times. Instructors and staff will not disclose to other students, faculty or staff that you are sick, had a positive COVID-19 test, or in quarantine due to exposure.

  

Twin Cities Students

I was exposed to someone who was positive for COVID-19 - what should I do?

I was exposed to someone who was positive for COVID-19 - what should I do?

  • Call Boynton Health, 612-625-7900, or other trusted testing facilities to be tested for COVID-19.
  • If you are not located in Minnesota, you should utilize your nearby or current healthcare provider resources or seek testing options via their state’s department of health webpage.
  • If you have been notified of your exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case, you may be instructed to remain in quarantine, in a space with a separate room and bathroom, for at least 14 days or until otherwise directed by health care or public health professionals.

I have COVID symptoms - What should I do?

I have COVID symptoms - What should I do?

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

What happens next?

  • You 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 you have 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. 
  • You must notify your course instructors if you need to be absent from a course or practicum experiences. Your course instructor will work with the program director and academic advisor to work out a plan for you to meet course and/or practicum requirements.

I tested positive for COVID-19 - what should I do?

I tested positive for COVID-19 - what should I do?

  • You 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 you have 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. 
  • You must notify your course instructors if you need to be absent from a course or practicum experiences.
  • Steps to take if living on campus
  • Steps to take if living off campus

Rochester Students

I WAS EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WHO WAS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 OR HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 - WHAT SHOULD I DO?

I WAS EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WHO WAS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 OR HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 - WHAT SHOULD I DO?

If you are exposed to COVID-19 or are symptomatic, you need to:

  1. Immediately contact your healthcare provider or the Olmsted Medical Center Triage Line (507) 292-7266. When calling OMC, you need to say you 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 and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. 
           a. If the phone line is closed, you should quarantine in a room until you are able to reach your healthcare provider or the OMC triage line.
  2. You need to complete the online COVID Care Report form, which will be received by the UMR COVID Care team.
  3. Stay in your apartment or home until you receive guidance from your healthcare provider or public health officer, monitor email and phone for instructions regarding next steps.
  4. Inform family members of your situation.
  5. You must notify your course instructors if you need to be absent from a course or practicum experiences. Your course instructor will work with the program director and academic advisor to work out a plan for you to meet course and/or practicum requirements.

I TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 - WHAT SHOULD I DO?

I TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 - WHAT SHOULD I DO?

  • You 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 you have 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.
  • You must notify your course instructors if you need to be absent from a course or practicum experiences.
  • Steps to take if living on campus
  • Steps to take if living off campus

Important to know

  • Those that may have been exposed to by someone 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 your academic program is available to coordinate communication between your 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 School of Nursing 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 to reduced density, 6-feet physical distancing, face coverings, and other protocols .
  • Note that 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.