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COVID-19 FAQ  Last updated 10/23/2021

2021 Decision Making Flow ChartPlease note that this page will be continuously updated as this situation develops.

For a list of community support resources, see the Minnesota Office of Higher Education website.

Download the COVID-19 Decision Making Flow Chart PDF (10.23.2021)




Are masks required on campus?

Yes, masks/face coverings are required, even if you have already been vaccinated.  

  • If you don't have a mask with you, you can pick one up at the front desk.
  • We are all responsible for ensuring that face masks are worn correctly, covering the nose and mouth fully.
  • Masks must be worn in all public indoor spaces at MSC Southeast unless stationed alone within an enclosed office, classroom, meeting room, or learning space, or when actively eating or drinking. 

What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

Anyone with symptoms of COVID -- regardless of vaccination status -- should stay off campus, get tested, and await test results before coming back.

Our COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations page lists locations and availability for getting tested. 

Some people can still get sick again or spread the virus even if they have already had COVID or have been vaccinated. Even if you have recovered, if you develop symptoms you should stay off off campus and get tested.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Anyone diagnosed with COVID -- regardless of vaccination status -- should quarantine off campus and not return until cleared by their medical provider to do so.

  • Students: If you receive a positive test result for COVID-19, notify your instructor or Vice President of Student Affairs Josiah Litant (, 507-453-1420). 
  • Employees: Notify HR department.
  • If you must stay off campus, please communicate with your faculty with regard to your absence. Work with your instructors to try to stay on track with completing your coursework while absent.

What should I do if I have been exposed* to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

It depends on if you have been fully vaccinated.

  • Anyone who is fully vaccinated who is exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 DOES NOT need to quarantine. However you are advised to be tested 5-7 days after that contact, and of course self-monitor for symptoms.
  • Anyone who is not vaccinated (or not yet fully vaccinated) who is exposed to with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 DOES to quarantine for 14 days from the last date of contact with that person, regardless of the results of their own COVID test.
  • The CDC website offers quarantine guidance if you are sick or have been exposed.

*Exposure is defined as having: 

  • Been within 6 feet of a person for at least 15 minutes (cumulative in a 24 hour period), OR
  • Had direct contact with a person’s mucus or saliva, OR
  • Been contacted by public health and told you were in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. 

Note that there are different guidelines for those working in health care sites. Individuals in that category should refer to the MDH website for guidance.

What should I do if I live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

  • If you have been fully vaccinated, follow the guidelines as above for having been exposed to someone who has tested positive. You do not have to quarantine.
  • If you are not vaccinated, quarantine for 14 days from the date that person's symptoms are resolved.  

How can I get a vaccine for COVID-19?

Vaccines are now widely available to anyone over the age of 12. Check our COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations page for more information. 

Are vaccines required for students?

Most MSC Southeast students are not required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 because the college does not offer residential housing or intercollegiate athletics. However, health care students may be required to vaccinate by their clinical or internship sites.

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