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 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: 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. 

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:

  • runny nose
  • headache
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • fever
  • a general feeling of being unwell

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.

 

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! Minot State University Student Health Clinic (SHC) is now offering telehealth visits via Zoom. Telehealth is the use of digital information and communication technologies, such as computers and mobile devices, to access care remotely and manage your healthcare needs. Students interested in scheduling a telehealth appointment or having general questions regarding SHC, can call 701-858-3371 during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We look forward to serving our students’ healthcare needs!

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 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.

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.  

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.