Frequently asked questions about COVID-19.


What should I do if I get sick?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should be tested. Visit our testing page for scheduling.


People who have symptoms or who have tested positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate themselves. Isolation will reduce the risk of infecting others.


  • If your symptoms get worse, please contact your provider or Boynton.
  • You are expected to stay in your own room and have your own separate bathroom whenever possible. 
  • Let your instructor know, you will not be able to attend in-person classes.
  • Remain out of shared spaces in your household.

When can I end the isolation period?

  • Your isolation will last for at least a full 5 days after the start of your symptoms (day zero is your first day of symptoms) - or - a full 5 days after a positive test if you are asymptomatic (day zero is the day you tested positive if you have no symptoms).
  • You must be without a fever for the last 24 hours.
  • Your symptoms must be improving.
  • You should wear a well-fitted mask for an additional 5 days.
  • Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease for at least 10 days.
  • Avoid travel for at least 10 days.
  • Use the CDC’s Quarantine & Isolation Calculator to help determine your isolation period.

What should I do if I was exposed to someone who is sick?

Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19*. You may have been contacted by the Minnesota Department of Health, local health department or Boynton to let you know you have been exposed to COVID-19. Even if you were not notified, you might already know because you were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, or you had direct physical contact (kissed, hugged, shared eating or drinking utensils, etc.) with someone who has COVID-19.


If you are unvaccinated or have completed a vaccination series but have NOT received a booster:

  • CDC recommends that instead of quarantining if you were exposed to COVID-19, you wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5.
  • If you develop symptoms at any point after exposure, get testing immediately.
  • You must stay in your own room and have your own separate bathroom if possible, but a bathroom can be shared if they wipe it down after use.
  • If you are not able to get food or pharmaceuticals, you may go to a grocery store.
  • Let your instructor know you will not be able to attend in-person classes.
  • Remain out of shared spaces in your household.

*Even if you have had COVID-19 already or have had a blood test that shows you have antibodies, you are expected to quarantine.


If you are up-to-date with your vaccinations, meaning having a complete series AND a booster or have had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days.


  • You should be tested at least 5 days after the day you were exposed and watch for symptoms.
  • Wear a mask for 10 days from exposure or until test results come back negative.
  • You do not need to quarantine unless you develop symptoms or receive a positive test result.
  • Use the CDC’s Quarantine & Isolation Calculator to help determine quarantine guidance.






Do you have a plan for reducing the risk of getting COVID-19?


It is important to establish some mutually agreed upon “household expectations." Masking and social distancing are still important precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially if someone in your household is unvaccinated or at high risk. Here are a few things you should consider:


  • Determine if you will have guests allowed in your home. If you are, discuss the expectations of guests.
  • Determine everyone’s comfort level with masking and social distancing at home.
  • If you are comfortable sharing your vaccination status, that may help determine the level of precautions your household takes.
  • Determine what type of social activity such as going out to social events, parties, restaurants, bars, etc. are going to be OK with the rest of the people living with you.
  • Regular testing is still an important part of managing COVID-19 and reducing its spread.






Do you have the right supplies to help you manage COVID-19?

  • Thermometer
  • Cleaning supplies to wipe down surfaces
  • Over-the-counter medications such as cough suppressants, ibuprofen
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissues
  • Well-fitting mask





Where can I get the latest campus updates about COVID-19?

The Safe Campus website has the most up-to-date information for the University of Minnesota community, including: