Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

Frequently asked question about the coronavirus, COVID-19.

COVID Q & A 1

What should I do if I get sick?

If you have symptoms for COVID-19 you should be tested. Call Boynton at 612-625-3222 to schedule a test.

People who have symptoms or 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.
  • Let your instructor know, you will not be able to attend in person classes.
  • Remain out of shared spaces in your household.
COVID Q & A 2

When can I end the isolation period?

  • Your isolation will last for 10 days after the start of your symptoms.
  • You must be without a fever for the last 24 hours.
  • Your symptoms must be improving.
COVID Q & A 3

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 may already know because you were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes or you had direct physical contact (kissed, hugged, shared eating or drinking utensils etc.) with someone who has COVID-19.

  • You should be tested and watch for symptoms.
  • People who have been exposed to COVID must quarantine for 14 days.
  • 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 and have had a blood test that shows you have antibodies you are expected to quarantine for 14 days.

COVID Q & A 4

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 may already know because you were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes or you had direct physical contact (kissed, hugged, shared eating or drinking utensils etc.) with someone who has COVID-19.

  • You should be tested and watch for symptoms.
  • People who have been exposed to COVID must quarantine for 14 days.
  • 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 and have had a blood test that shows you have antibodies you are expected to quarantine for 14 days.

COVID Q & A 5

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

It is important to establish some mutually agreed upon “household expectations.” Many apartments and houses can be difficult to keep a distance of 6 feet or more. If someone in your household gets COVID-19, the chances are very high the whole household will need to be isolated. 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 how you are going to socially distance at home.
  • 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.
COVID Q & A 6

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 suppressant, ibuprofen
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissues
  • Masks, or face coverings

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: