Positive & Close Contact Protocols FAQ

 

Frequently Asked Questions for Faculty & Staff
Regarding COVID-19 Positive & Close Contact Protocols

 

Message consistency is critical when communicating with our University community regarding appropriate actions for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and individuals identified as close contacts with someone who tested positive. MSU follows North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) protocols in all cases. Please refer any questions to Debra.haman@ndus.edu or kevin.harmon@ndus.edu.

What should I do if I am notified that I have tested positive or am a close contact?

What do I do if a student who has tested positive for COVID-19 contacts me?

  • Remember that every individual who tests positive is given the following advice from the NDDOH: FACTSHEET
  • Know that the Minot State Student Health Department and Vice President for Student Affairs contact each COVID-positive student immediately and offer support, ranging from health concerns to logistical issues such as class attendance. On-campus students are offered housing in Dakota Hall with meal delivery service. Off-campus students are monitored per their requests.
  • If for some unusual reason the student has not been contacted by Student Health or the VPSA, instruct them to contact Debra.haman@ndus.edu or kevin.harmon@ndus.edu.

What do I do if a student reports being identified as a close contact?

  • Remember that every identified close contact (student or employee) is contacted by the NDDOH and given the following advice: FACTSHEET
  • Know that the Minot State Student Health Department and the Vice President for Student Affairs contact each identified close contact immediately and offer support, ranging from health concerns to logistical issues such as class attendance. On-campus students are offered housing in Dakota Hall with meal delivery service. Off-campus students are monitored per their requests.
  • If for some unusual reason the student has not been contacted by Student Health or the VPSA, instruct them to contact Debra.haman@ndus.edu or kevin.harmon@ndus.edu.

What do I tell other students and my colleagues if one of my students has tested positive or has been identified as a close contact?

  • This information is confidential, and details must not be shared about students’ or employees’ identities or health information.

What happens if one of the students who tested positive was in my classroom earlier that day?

  • Allow the contact tracing process to take place. The investigation will be concluded within 24 hours of notification of the positive test. All cases and contacts will be contacted by NDDOH. If you don’t receive notification from NDDOH, you have not been identified as a close contact and should continue your duties as usual.
  • THE VPSA will notify Plant to clean classrooms and common areas this person may have occupied.
  • Remember to encourage and enforce masking, distancing policies, and specified room capacities in all classrooms. These practices will reduce and eliminate identified close contacts in classrooms.

What should I do if a student identified as a close contact was in my face-to-face class yesterday?

  • This student will be quarantined for 14 days following the instructions provided by the NDDOH. You do not need to take any additional precautions with a close contact.
Who is available to help students in quarantine or isolation?
  • MSU has hired a “COVID-19 Concierge” who coordinates all services for on-campus students identified as COVID-19 positive or close contacts. Joel Wallace coordinates meal delivery, textbook delivery, technology issues, etc. He may be contacted at joel.wallace@ndus.edu.

Are COVID-19 tests available on-campus?

If a student is feeling sick and NOT quarantined, what is the recommendation?

  • Make an appointment with Student Health. To schedule student health appointments, the student should call 701-858-3371, during normal business hours, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Students who schedule an appointment will receive a COVID screening phone call one business day prior to their appointment. All students must wear a mask when entering the clinic. If students need to seek healthcare services after hours, resources are available at www.minotstateu.edu/health/pages/alt_medical_resources.shtml.

If a student IS feeling sick and IS quarantined, what is the recommendation?

  • We monitor the students in quarantine. Student Health calls all students and checks-in with them to make sure they are feeling okay. Typically, we bring students in for testing if they are not feeling well, or they go to the clinic on their own.

How do I know when a student who was quarantined with symptoms and continues to have symptoms is released from quarantine?

  • Professors will be informed by email from the Student Affairs office when students who are in isolation or quarantine may return to class. If you did not receive this information at the onset of the student’s isolation or quarantine, contact the Student Affairs office.