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.

Student Notification Process

Employee Notification Process

Visitor/Vendor/Contractor Notification Process

If you test positive

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home and away from others (isolate) for 10 days, even if you do not have symptoms.
    • If you are a student living on campus, please follow the procedures to secure an isolation space.
    • Promptly call the Campus Reporting Hotline at 507-389-2030 and report your absence to your supervisor and/or classroom instructors.
  • Symptoms may appear up to 14 days after you are close to someone with COVID-19 (exposed).
  • You can spread COVID-19 to others several days before you have any symptoms, or even if you never have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you have been fully vaccinated and test positive for COVID-19, you still need to stay home and away from others.
  • Seek medical care right away if your symptoms get worse or you have difficulty breathing. Before going to the doctor's office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.
  • Return to work or school when:
    • You feel better and are symptom-free

    • It has been 10 days since you tested positive for COVID-19

    • You have been fever-free for 24 hrs without use of any medication.

  • There is no need/requirement for a negative COVID test to return to work/school.

  • For questions related to the coronavirus pandemic, students may contact:
    • Student Health Services
      (507) 389-5591
      Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Covid-19 Public Hotline
      (833) 431-2053
      Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Your supervisor will determine if your duties temporarily can be performed through telework. If they cannot, you must take leave. You may contact HR to determine what type of leave you may be eligible to use. If you have questions, please contact HR or your supervisor.

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.