Coronavirus FAQ: Health Concerns

Answers to COVID-19 questions that are frequently asked by members of the campus community who are concerned about their current health situation.

It is the university’s intention to facilitate working from home where possible. In some cases, other kinds of leave may be the best option.

Students may contact The COVID-19 Hotline for students at 507-389-5591 to confer about your symptoms and determine if you should go in. Do not show up without an appointment because the clinic may need time to prepare for your arrival.

Students: Contact your instructor to let them know if you will be absent and to make arrangements to make up necessary coursework. Regularly update your instructor on your status.

Faculty/Staff: Contact your supervisor to let them know you will be taking leave and to make arrangements for someone to cover your work during your absence.

Whether an individual is quarantined can depend on their travel and symptoms. Screening is administered at most airports in countries where COVID-19 has been detected and again upon arrival in the United States.

In Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Health determines whether individuals are advised to be in quarantine and will inform local county health departments if a person is under investigation or is considered high-risk.

As a definition, quarantine involves the temporary confinement of people who may have been exposed to a disease but haven’t developed symptoms; isolation separates people who are infected with a disease until they are no longer contagious.

Respiratory infections are very common right now. Most of these can be treated with rest and over-the-counter medications to manage symptoms.

With more serious illnesses, an individual should schedule an appointment with their medical provider. However, if that person has reason to believe he or she was exposed to COVID-19 within the past 14 days, the CDC recommends calling your health provider in advance. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other health facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic.

As far as transportation, should the individual be concerned about exposure and have symptoms, driving oneself is the best option to avoid exposing EMT personnel or other individuals. If an ambulance is needed, this information should be shared before emergency personnel arrive.