Coronavirus (abbreviated “COVID-19”)

 

Support and information for MSU students during remote classes

Update: Campus move-out process


COVID-19
 
Health officials worldwide are monitoring a respiratory illness outbreak caused by a new coronavirus, named “COVID-19,” that originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020. MSU continues to monitor updates on the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and we are using their guidance and recommendations here on our own campus.  Visit the North Dakota Department of Health COVID-19 webpage to follow activity in ND or call the NDDoH Hotline for questions or concerns, 1-866-207-2880. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Most Frequently Asked Questions

A: Testing for COVID-19 is done through a medical provider. If there is a shortage of tests or collection supplies, testing will be prioritized for patients hospitalized with respiratory illness, healthcare workers, those living or working in group settings (i.e., long term care, group homes) or those who are identified as a close contact to an existing case and are ill. MSU student health is not a testing or collection site for COVID-19.  

  • Stay home if you feel sick.
  • If you have mild or no symptoms, stay home and practice good social distancing.
  • If you have a fever (100.4 or higher), cough, or shortness of breath, call your provider. If you are having an emergency, go to the ER or call 911
  • If you don't have a provider, here is a list of Community Healthcare and Walk-in Clinics in Minot, ND
  • If you are ill and unable to be tested, the NDDoH is asking you to isolate yourself from those you live with and have contact with for at least seven days since symptoms first appeared or 72 hours without a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  • Please call prior to visiting any medical provider.
  • You can also call the NDDoH COVID-19 Hotline at 1-866-207-2880.
  • If you have traveled to areas where there are cases of COVID-19 please complete the NDDOH COVID-19 Travel Survey.
  • For further assistance call student health, 701-858-3371 Monday - Friday 8:00-4:30. 

A: You can protect yourself and help prevent the spread of respiratory illness, including COVID-19, by following basic prevention guidelines:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Refrain from attending any events greater than 10 people.
  • Adhere to social distancing of 6 feet.

You can do your part to prevent transmission by following the 15 DAYS TO SLOW THE SPREAD guidelines.

A: Stay home if you feel sick:

  • Again, stay home if you feel sick.
  • If you have mild or no symptoms, stay home and practice good social distancing.
  • If you have a fever (100.4 or higher), cough, or shortness of breath, call your provider. 
  • If you are having an emergency, go to the ER or call 911.
  • If you are unsure if you are having an emergency complete the CDC “self-checker”.
  • If you don't have a provider, here is a list of Community Healthcare and Walk-in Clinics in Minot, ND
  • If you are ill and unable to be tested, the NDDoH is asking you to isolate yourself from those you live with and have contact with for at least seven days since symptoms first appeared or 72 hours without a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  • Please call prior to visiting any medical provider.
  • You can also call the NDDoH COVID-19 Hotline at 1-866-207-2880.
  • Scheduling for telemedicine appointments is available during normal business hours, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Please call 701.858-3371 to schedule. 

For more information on what to do if you are sick go to the CDC “What to do if you are sick” page and complete a “self-checker”.

A: No, please do not return to campus if you can go home or have an alternative place to stay. For students who currently live in the residence halls and have no other place to stay, the residence halls will be open to you and dining services will be available beginning at 5 p.m. on March 22nd.

A.  As you know, the COVID-19 virus continues to spread and change daily life for all of us. The best practices to try and minimize the effects of this pandemic continue to primarily revolve around, among other things, social distancing and avoiding crowds. To that end, and in trying to provide as much notice for MSU students who live a distance from Minot, I am hereby announcing that Minot State University courses will be delivered remotely via technology for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

 We appreciate your understanding and patience as we have worked through this process. This has obviously been a very complex and quite unprecedented situation, so we are trying to make the best decisions with the information we have. More information will be forthcoming in the days ahead as there are many details to sort through related to the completion of the Spring Semester. But, at a minimum, I wanted our entire campus community to have this primary piece of information as soon as possible so they can begin planning accordingly. Classes will resume online as scheduled on Tuesday, March 24 and continue in an online/distance format for the remainder of the Spring semester. There will be no more face-to-face classes this Spring at Minot State.

Please monitor your email as more information, especially related to details for students in the Residence Halls, will be forthcoming in the very near future. My deepest apologies for this unfortunate set of circumstances, particularly to our graduating seniors who will not be able to complete their final semester on the MSU campus. Your senior year is a special time, and it is frustrating to have it end this way. You have my sincerest thoughts and apologies. Regarding Commencement in May, we have not yet made a final decision on that, but more information and a final decision should be forthcoming in the next 10 days on our graduation plans.

Course information will be available through Blackboard as the main communication tool. Individual faculty members are best positioned to determine alternative methods of instruction that will meet course objectives and student needs during this time - especially in courses involving labs, clinical experiences, music lessons/performances, etc. Be sure to monitor Blackboard and your MSU email account for updates from your instructors.

While we are encouraging students to remain away from campus, for those students unable to leave, our residence halls and dining services will remain open. Please note Dining Services will be closed from March 14 until 5 pm on March 22, as previously scheduled for Spring Break.

A. Currently, the Administration Building is the only building open for computer usage.  If you have internet connectivity issues, please find a computer to submit a help ticket at helpdesk@minotstateu.edu or call 701-858-4444.

If you have a cell phone or tablet, there is a Blackboard app available for Android and iOS.  Get the App on Your Mobile Device:

Internet options for students

Nationwide carriers have suspended internet data caps during the coronavirus pandemic. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Comcast are offering help. Individuals need to contact their carrier for more information. See a Cnet ARTICLE for more information on various national carriers.

Charter Communications is working to ease the strain in this challenging time, beginning Monday, March 16, Charter commits to the following for 60 days:

  • Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with k-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
  • Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are award of these tools to help students learn remotely. Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.
  • Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.
  • Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees.

A: Minot State is working with Sodexo to explore pro-rated rates or credits for future use.

A. The president has encouraged students to remain away from campus. However, residence halls and dining services will remain open.

 

MSU Cancellations
Minot State University has canceled or postponed large-scale, on-campus events effective immediately through April 6. Individual events beyond the April 6 date will make a determination to change their schedule on a per-event basis.

MSU Updates
The COVID- 19 situation is fluid, and we encourage you to monitor the University’s announcements closely.

COVID-19 Updates
Information about COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. For the most up to date information and guidance, go to the Center for Disease Control and North Dakota Department of Health COVID-19 webpage. The World Health Organization is also a useful source of information.