COVID-19

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all people stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations. 

    Boynton Health offers COVID vaccinations (both primary series and boosters) on a drop in basis, daily, starting on December 12th. Flu shots are available during this time, too! 

    Location: Boynton Lobby 

    Hours: 9am-3pm 

    ** Drop in clinics will not be operating on Dec. 27-30

    For additional vaccination locations, use the MN Department of Health Vaccine Connector to locate an appointment near you.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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    What should I do if I feel sick?

    • Stay home.
    • Get tested. Tests and treatments are available for COVID-19, flu, and RSV at clinics and hospitals. For COVID-19 testing in the Twin Cities through Boynton Health, see MTest.
    • If positive, follow CDC isolation guidelines and see your healthcare provider for treatment.
    • Wear a high-quality, well-fitted mask indoors around others.

    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?

    Close contact is defined as being within six feet of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more while they were infectious. You may be informed by the person directly, or through the State of Minnesota COVID Aware App.   

    Take the following actions: 

    1. Review the CDC's guidance.
    2. Wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day 6.  

    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:

    How do I know whether I have (or someone else has) COVID-19, the flu, RSV, or just a cold?

    These are all respiratory infections caused by viruses and sometimes difficult to tell apart. Tests are available to determine the type of virus.

    What should I do if I’m going to travel?

    • See the CDC recommendations on travel. If you’re traveling in the U.S., view this state-by-state guide to COVID-19 infection levels, or one at the county level.
    • Get a flu shot as soon as possible. Available at clinics and pharmacies statewide, and in the Twin Cities through Boynton Health.
    • Ensure your COVID-19 vaccines are current, including the new bivalent booster. Vaccines are available at clinics and pharmacies statewide, and in the Twin Cities through Boynton Health.
    • Wash your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • If you are at high risk of complications, wear a high-quality, well-fitted mask indoors around others.