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COVID-19 FAQ  Last updated 5/9/2022

Covid-19 Decision Making Flow Chart 1.16.2022Please 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 (1/16/2022)

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A tool to help determine how long you need to isolate, quarantine, or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.




Are masks required on campus?

As of March 2022, masking at MSC Southeast facilities is no longer mandatory. 

Please note students at clinical sites and other off-site learning opportunities will continue to follow the guidance of the clinical site. 

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. Refer to the CDC website for symptoms of COVID-19.

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 should isolate at home for at least 5 days. If you don’t have symptoms or your symptoms are resolving, and you are fever free without fever reducing medication, you can leave your house after 5 days. Wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days.

  • Students: If you receive a positive test result for COVID-19, notify your instructor, Vice President of Student Success Chad Dull (, 507-453-1443) or Vice President of Strategic Initiatives 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 get tested on the 5th day after your exposure, and of course self-monitor for symptoms.

Anyone who is NOT fully vaccinated who is exposed to with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 must:

  • Quarantine at home for 5 days.
  • Wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days.
  • Get tested (on the 5th day after your exposure, if possible)
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested and stay home

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.

How do you defined "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. 

How do you define "fully vaccinated"?

You are fully vaccinated if:

  • You had two doses of Pfizer or Moderna in the last 5 months
  • You had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the last 2 months
  • You had your booster shot when eligible

You are NOT fully vaccinated if:

  • You are not vaccinated
  • You had two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 5 months ago and not had a booster shot
  • You had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine over 2 months ago and not had a booster shot
  • You had only one dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine

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 fully vaccinated, you must quarantine for 5 days from the last day that the person you live with is quarantined and wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days. Get tested and stay home if you develop symptoms.

How can I get a vaccine for COVID-19?

Stay on track, get vaxxed! We strongly encourage you to get vaccinated against Covid-19, and to get your booster shot when eligible. 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. Work-study students are subject to the same requirements as MSC Southeast employees.

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