If You Test Positive to COVID-19
Minnesota State University, Mankato values the health and safety its students, employees, and visitors. To assist with maintaining a healthy campus community, the University asks students, employees, and visitors to follow these notification procedures to assist with any response to positive COVID-19 cases.
Other Important Reminders
A suspected case or notice of a positive COVID-19 is serious and calls for action. At the same time, there are some additional privacy matters that are important to keep in mind.
Reporting is Encouraged
Each individual with a positive COVID-19 case is encouraged to notify the University of their positive test result by calling (507) 389-2030. If you choose not to report your positive test results, the Minnesota Department of Health may report this to the University on your behalf following a consultation.
Health Status is a Private Matter
Each individual’s health status is a private matter, and no one should publicly declare someone as sick. In the event others need to be notified of a suspected or positive COVID-19 test result, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will provide guidance on how to do that. Do not notify classes, office colleagues, student clubs, teams, etc. of positive cases unless with specific guidance.
Do Not Require Doctor's Notes
Current MDH recommendations include self-quarantining if you have contact with a COVID-19 positive person. With the fluidity of the health of our community and the demands on healthcare providers, students and employees may not have doctor’s notes to share. For the Fall 2020 semester, please extend some grace to students and colleagues who report being COVID-19 test positive. This is also true if someone has contact with someone who has COVID-19.