Coronavirus (abbreviated “COVID-19”)

COVID-19 Return to Workplace Guide

June 4, 2020: Message to the University Community: Campus reopening

Fall 2020: As Minot State monitors the situation with your safety in mind, we are planning to be open and operational for fall 2020 with a mix of on-campus and online courses available! For students who return for on-campus classes, we are developing appropriate safety measures for our campus community for academic and other activities. We are currently working on incorporating a number of health and safety measures on campus to ensure the safety of our community. Precautions may include hybrid classes, limiting the number of students gathered in person, technologies embedded into courses at the start of the term, and changes in residence halls, dining services, and other social areas across campus to ensure safe interactions. READ MORE 

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A. As Minot State monitors the situation with your safety in mind, we are planning to be open and operational for fall 2020 with a mix of on-campus and online courses available! For students who return for on-campus classes, we are developing appropriate safety measures for our campus community for academic and other activities. We are currently working on incorporating a number of health and safety measures on campus to ensure the safety of our community. Precautions may include hybrid classes, limiting the number of students gathered in person, technologies embedded into courses at the start of the term, and changes in residence halls, dining services, and other social areas across campus to ensure safe interactions.

Throughout this pandemic, a COVID response team has been meeting and planning weekly as the situation has unfolded. Several precautionary measures have already been installed across campus, from additional hand sanitizing stations to protective barriers at the cashiers windows. Masks have been ordered for the campus and will be available if needed. We will continue to update the campus as safety precautions are initiated.

As we make a transition back to campus, we are working to support you with advising, registration, financial aid, student health, housing and dining questions. We will continue to be available virtually, now and in the future, to support you as you work to achieve your educational goals. We know we will need to alter our operations as we return to campus, for the well-being of our community, but in true Minot State spirit, working together will allow us to remain committed to your academic success. We are anxiously awaiting your safe return in the fall.

A: Plans for reopening:

  1. Beginning Wednesday, June 10, most of the MSU campus buildings and offices will be moving back to our normal summer work environment. The expectation will be for all areas across campus to reopen and resume operations in the on-campus environment. The exception will be NDCPD where many employees will continue working at-a-distance throughout June. Several areas have already reopened on campus (and many never really closed physically), including the Business Office, Financial Aid, Enrollment Services, Facilities, Safety & Security, the Wellness Center, the Testing Center, Housing, Athletics, Student Health Clinic, Mail Room, Printing Services, the President’s and each of the Vice-President’s Offices, etc.
  2. Within a number of departments we have been making (and will continue making) physical modifications to the office areas, especially those that potentially have more contact from the outside public, to minimize the risk or potential of infection and/or the spread of COVID-19. This has included such elements as new signage, marking/lining on the floor, plexiglass installation, and additional sanitizing protocols. If you have concerns/thoughts/suggestions about your individual workspace area, please visit with your supervisor who will work with the appropriate VP to develop solutions further ensuring a safer workplace for all of us.
  3. Please review the COVID-19 poster carefully and encourage any visitors to do so as well; it will be posted on the door of every campus entry.
  4. Wherever possible, you certainly have the option to work with external visitors to conduct business by phone, email, or online, and also utilize a strict appointment routine to minimize the number of visitors in your area at any time.
  5. It is absolutely paramount that every one of us respect the rights, privacy, and expectations of our fellow employees, and a key way of doing this is ensuring we adhere to the 6-foot physical distancing guideline. If you are working near another employee(s) and cannot maintain this distance, all parties involved must wear a mask. More information about masks is available here, and MSU will provide a mask for you if needed: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html We have plenty of room and space on our campus (especially during the summer months), and there are lots of spaces where small group meetings can be held with plenty of space to spread out (including outdoors!). Our President’s Staff meetings, for example, have been held for a number of weeks in the Fisher Room….we have plenty of space for the six of us to spread out and still hold a perfectly functional face-to-face meeting. Physical distancing is repeatedly mentioned by all health experts to be the single most important factor we can use in combating the spread of the virus, and we must mandate its expectation on campus as we re-open.
  6. Our plans will remain fluid and flexible as necessary, depending on environmental changes and/or if guidelines shift.
  7. Any employee who is at a higher risk for severe illness such as COVID-19 should inform their supervisor and/or HR so accommodations can be considered. More information here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html
  8. Disposable wipes will be provided so you can regularly wipe down commonly touched surfaces such as door handles, keyboards, telephones, and other items in your workspace. Gloves and masks will also be provided as necessary.
  9. These are the hallmarks we all must maintain as we reopen the campus:
    1. Practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet
    2. Wear a mask if that distancing is not possible
    3. Stay home if you are sick (and remind others to do the same if necessary)
    4. Practice good handwashing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water (especially after coughing or sneezing) and sanitize surfaces regularly
    5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

The ND Smart Restart protocols remain a great source of further information: https://ndresponse.gov/covid-19-resources/covid-19-business-and-employer-resources/nd-smart-restart/nd-smart-restart-protocols

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 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. 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.
 

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.  Call the NDDoH Hotline for questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, 1-866-207-2880.