Coronavirus (abbreviated “COVID-19”)

 

Support and information for MSU students during remote classes


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 10 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 large gatherings where you can not physically distance 6 feet.
  • When going to a public setting (e.g. grocery store, doctor’s office) or where it is difficult to maintain social distancing, you should wear a homemade cloth face covering. This is to protect people around you if you are infected, but do not have symptoms. CDC instructions to make a homemade mask.
  • Adhere to social distancing of 6 feet.

You can do your part to prevent transmission by following the 30 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 don't have a provider, here is a list of Community Healthcare and Walk-in Clinics in Minot, ND.
  • If you are having an emergency, go to the ER or call 9-1-1.
  • Take this NDDoH Risk Assessment to help determine if your symptoms align with COVID-19.
  • 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 10 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.
  • MSU Student Health telemedicine appointments are available to students. Call 701.858.3371 Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 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 or call the NDDoH COVID-19 Hotline at 1.866.207.2880.

A.  Information coming soon.

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: Information coming soon.

 

MSU Cancellations

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.