FAQ: Health and Wellness

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: Beginning Monday, August 17, 2020 on the Minot State campus face coverings must be worn by students, faculty, staff, and visitors in specific situations. The masks/face coverings policy breaks out situations when a masks is and isn't needed while on the MSU campus.

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: Free COVID Testing Dates and Locations available here:  For all North Dakota University System Students (including MSU)

Testing for COVID-19 can also be 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. 

  • 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 ten 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. 

***COVID-19 serial testing starts Sept. 2 on campus at the Dome

Minot State University will begin weekly serial testing starting Sept. 2 and will continue each Wednesday.The weekly Minot State COVID-19 testing, taking place at the MSU Dome, will run on Wednesdays during the fall. The Sept. 16 date, however, has been changed to Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 9-11. All other dates, including next week’s Sept. 9 event, should take place on Wednesdays.

Link to get COVID-19 test results from MSU 

Minot State faculty, staff, and students looking for their test results from COVID-19 testing can request those with the North Dakota Department of Health by clicking HERE.

 

Q: What is a novel coronavirus?

A: A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

Q: How does the virus spread?

A: COVID-19 is spread person-to-person. 

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. For more Information on how COVID-19 spreads.

Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

A: According to the CDC, symptoms of the virus include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New Loss of taste or smell

The CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. The illness can be more serious for individuals with a weakened immune system, the elderly, or those with underlying respiratory problems. It could result in bronchitis and pneumonia.

If you have any of these symptoms students should immediately call Student Health @ 701-858-3371 Monday thru Friday 8:00 – 4:30. After hours, call Trinity Health at 701-857-5000 and ask to speak to a nurse about COVID-19 symptoms. Faculty and staff should call their provider or Trinity Health at 701-857-5000.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

A: According to the CDC, early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time. (An outbreak is when a large number of people suddenly get sick.) Depending on how severe the outbreak is, public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease.

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease. CDC information for people at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19.

A: Yes! To schedule student health appointments, please 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 your appointment. All students must wear a mask when entering the clinic.  We appreciate your cooperation! If you need to seek healthcare services after hours, click here. 

A: It is understandable to feel uncertain or anxious during a public health crisis. It is important to remember to not make assumptions about others’ perceived symptoms, travel history or identity. 

MSU campus counselors are here for you!  Students can continue to receive counseling services through video chat or phone sessions.  Please call 701-858-3371 to set up an appointment or contact Troy Roness at troy.roness@minotstateu.edu or 701-500-1392 and/or Nancy Mickelson at nancy.mickelson@minotstateu.edu or701-500-1436.  

If you are having a mental health emergency, please call 2-1-1 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255.

For employees who are looking for support, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP): 800-627-8220 is a resource available to help employees through stressful situations and events.

Resources to practice mindfulness:

  • Mindfulness Can Help You Navigate the Coronavirus Panic - posted by Mindful.org
  • Download Headspace - guided meditation for any pocket of time (the beginning meditation series is free but the rest is by subscription)
  • Download Motivation - an app that provides motivational phone wallpapers
  • Keep (or start!) a journal using prompts (click here for prompts) or an app (click here for some journalling apps).
  • Try Meditation
  • Insight Timer App
  • Headspace - While usually a paid app, they now offer a small collection for free called "Weathering the Storm"
  • Calm - Usually a paid app, now has collection of meditation (including for kids) for this crisis called "Take a deep breath"
  • Oak - Meditation & Breathing

A: While practicing physical distancing, there are easy self-care strategies that can help reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, or prevent anxiety before it even starts. You don’t have to go out or spend a lot of money to stay physically and mentally healthy. The MSU Wellness center will be offering virtual programming while you are away from campus, please follow their Facebook and Instagram page for more information.  Here are some helpful tips from the MSU Wellness Center:

Now is a great opportunity to learn a new skill, read that book, or finally catch up on The Office before it leaves Netflix forever!

  • Learn a new language
  • Get a jump start on Spring Cleaning
    • Actually read your insurance policy
    • Balance your checkbook (if you even have one)
    • Create a budget
    • Update/Create/Organize important life documents (Personal Property Inventories, Will, SSN Card/Birth Certificate)
    • Have you kept up on your car maintenance? 

Social distancing doesn't mean we can't still have fun!

It can be easy to fall into a rut when you're at home so much. Try these resources out to keep your wellness up during this time!

  •  Practice Mindfulness
      • Insight Timer App
      • Headspace - While usually a paid app, they now offer a small collection for free called "Weathering the Storm"
      • Calm - Usually a paid app, now has collection of meditation (including for kids) for this crisis called "Take a deep breath"
      • Oak - Meditation & Breathing
  • Keep Tabs on Yourself
  • Find a mentor
    • Go to the menu on Facebook and click mentorship 
    • Seek out others in your position at other schools
  • Learn more about your personality and why you are the way you are
    • DISC:  Improve interpersonal communications and connect with people more effectively
  • Improve your time management skills

A: Educating the community avoiding close contact with people who are sick; covering cough and sneeze; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and washing your hands with soap and water is vital to preventing transmission of respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19. You can use these printable resources to share or hang up in high traffic areas or classrooms. Other MSU printable resources that you can print, or have them re-sized and printed from the copy center, COVID-19 Screening Sign, Cleaning Surfaces and Keyboards SignHandwashing Sign, Physical Distancing Poster, and Elevator sign.

A: There are several measures you can take to prepare your home if you or someone else in the home has COVID-19 or you are returning from travel. Be prepared and follow these recommendations on how to get your home ready.

A: The MSU community can help minimize the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the social and economic impacts when we are confronted with rumors and misinformation. We want our campus community to be educated on facts.

It is understandable to feel uncertain or anxious during a public health crisis. It is important to remember to not make assumptions about others’ perceived symptoms, travel history or identity.
At this time, nobody is considered a contact until a person is notified by the NDDoH, furthermore, they do not need to self-isolate.

If we have a positive case of COVID-19 at MSU, the NDDoH will notify the appropriate MSU personnel so that proper actions can be taken.

We encourage you to follow reputable sources for information. For guidance, go to the Center for Disease Control, North Dakota Department of Health, or First District Health Unit COVID-19 webpage. The World Health Organization is also a useful source of information.

For questions or concerns contact the NDDoH Coronavirus hotline 1-866-207-2880.

A: Self-isolation during a pandemic can be dangerous for those in abusive relationships. Remember that you are not alone and supports remain available to you. Here is a list of resources on campus and within the community.

A:  Along with millions of Americans, many of our MSU students and their families have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is essential to act quickly and apply for unemployment benefits to protect your financial future.

Due to challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Minot State University has restructured its Giving Day 2020 to focus on immediate student needs through the Student Emergency Fund.