Mayville State University is committed to providing a healthy environment for all stakeholders. Our faculty, staff, and students are our most important assets. To this end the University will continue to remain focused on providing meaningful teaching, learning, and working experiences for everyone. The status of COVID-19 situation is very fluid. Please know that this evolving situation is being closely monitored. Safety practices are subject to change as needed.
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From Campus Health 01/11/2022
As you are aware, there have been a few changes made in the quarantine/isolation processes. I would like to give you a summary of what all has been done. The biggest change you will notice is that quarantine and isolation timeframes have been decreased dramatically.
If you test positive for COVID-19:
- Individuals with a positive COVID-19 test should isolate until 5 days have passed, if the person is asymptomatic, or if symptoms are improving and the individual has been fever free without medication for 24 hours at day five. This isolation period should be followed by five days of wearing a well-fitting mask while around others. It is not recommended you retest for COVID-19 within 90 days from your illness onset if you remain asymptomatic; test results during this time may remain residually positive. If you do become ill again, consult with your healthcare provider regarding your illness.
If you are identified as a close contact of COVID-19:
- If you are unvaccinated, the CDC recommends quarantine for five days. It is strongly recommended that when you are released from quarantine, you wear a mask for the next 5 days when you cannot maintain a safe social distance.
- If you are vaccinated and are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose, or more than two months after the J&J vaccine, and not yet boosted, the CDC now recommends quarantine for five days. It is strongly recommended that when you are released from quarantine, you wear a mask for the next 5 days when you cannot maintain a safe social distance.
- Individuals who have received their booster shot, have had a prior infection in the last 90 days, or are within 6 months of their primary mRNA series or two months of J & J dose, do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.
Please note, if you are a household contact, your quarantine period will begin after the case is released from isolation.
I will continue to assist with quarantine/isolation dates as necessary. Please be patient with the notifications as the dates are subject to change with the new guidance. I will be checking in with individuals who are in quarantine/isolation frequently to help determine when they can be released.
NDDoH and NDUS contact tracers will continue to assist with notification to individuals if they test positive for COVID or are a close contact. Contact tracing with NDUS will be limited at this time due to the large number of current cases and an expected surge of cases due to Omicron. Please reach out to Campus Health if you believe you may be a close contact. You can use the reporting tool, email, or phone to contact Campus Health.
Flowsheets from the North Dakota Department of Health
Home Test Kits
You can order four free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders usually ship between 7-12 days. Order here: link.
The North Dakota Department of Health hosted a Town Hall Thursday, Jan. 13. The main topic was the the Omicron variant and discussion included infectiousness, severity, vaccine protection, and treatments.
The purpose of this survey is to help you make decisions about seeking medical care. It is NOT intended for the diagnosis or treatment of diseases such as COVID-19. Individuals should contact their medical provider if they have questions or concerns about the symptoms they are experiencing. Additionally, this survey may assist the ND Department of Health in identifying close contacts during our contact tracing process if an individual tests positive for COVID-19.
Individuals with symptoms should be tested for COVID-19.
- Fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher)
- Feeling feverish
- Sore throat
- New/worsening uncontrolled cough
- Difficulty breathing
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of taste and/or smell
Individuals may contact their local health care provider or MSU COVID-19 Liaison Amanda Jordan should any COVID-19-related symptoms occur.
What if public health officials determine that you are a close contact to a positive COVID-19 case?
If you have been identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 case through the Department of Health contact tracing process, public health officials will get in touch with you. You are encouraged to answer your phone and to be courteous, cooperative, and truthful.
Tips for COVID-19 Prevention
You are encouraged to stay healthy through these preventive practices:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid close contact inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid close contact outside your home: Put six feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- Monitor your health daily. Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
MSU Child Development Programs COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan
The safety and well-being of enrolled children and their families, as well as staff and the communities served, are always a top priority for Mayville State University Child Development Programs. The COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan (link below) was updated in May of 2021.