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Protect the Pack: Safety Protocols and Wellness


St. Cloud State University’s goal is to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff while our students continue to progress towards their educational goals. We continue to monitor COVID-19 and the rapidly changing rates of infections of the Delta variant. Data provided by the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) showing the rate of transmission of COVID-19 across counties is one of the many sources of information analyzed to determine campus safety protocols. This includes whether masks are required indoors for faculty, staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

Masking will only be required when the rate of transmission in Stearns and area counties is classified as substantial and high-risk for four consecutive days. As the rate of transmission levels off and falls to moderate to low levels for consecutive days, the masking requirement will be revisited and will likely shift to recommended for those who are unvaccinated.

Campus communications on the status of masking include emails, signs at building entrances, digital signs, texts via the Star Alert emergency notification system, and alerts on the University homepage. The Bring Huskies Home website will have the latest information posted in Campus Communications.

Learn more about transmission rates locally and across the country via the CDC COVID Data Tracker.

Learn more about CDC’s guide to masks, how to wear, cleaning and storage.


Space Capacity Limits and Physical Distancing  

Space capacity limits and physical distancing requirements expired in May 2021 in response to the Governor’s announcements and MDH guidance. However, it is still recommended that students, faculty and staff stay at least 3, and ideally 6 feet apart in common areas and whenever possible. Common areas that may lead to close contact (within 6 feet) among other individuals, can include weight rooms, group fitness studios, pools and saunas, courts and fields, walking/running tracks, locker rooms, check-in areas, parking lots and routes of entry and exit.  In environments where students, staff, and faculty have designated areas to sit or to be stationed, all are encouraged to maintain an environment where some extra spacing between people can be maintained.


COVID-19 Vaccine

Minnesota State is following the guidance from the State of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Health on vaccinations of our students and employees. Currently the State of Minnesota is not requiring vaccinations. St. Cloud State University is strongly encouraging employees and students to get vaccinated.

The COVID-19 vaccine is available through most medical providers and at several pharmacies in the St. Cloud area. MDH’s Where to Get Vaccinated will assist with locating a vaccine provider in your area as well as vaccine clinics serving uninsured and underinsured adults. St. Cloud State University is continuing to work with MDH to offer vaccination clinic information and connections to our campus community.



Now is not the time to slack off on measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including getting tested if you’ve been exposed to someone who’s sick or you’re feeling ill yourself.

Who should get tested (Minnesota Department of Health)

Who should get tested (Minnesota Department of Health)

  1. Anyone who has any symptoms, even if:
    • You have had COVID-19 before.
    • You are fully vaccinated (you received one dose in a one-dose series or two doses in a two-dose series more than two weeks ago).

      If you leave your home to get a test, wear a mask and stay 6 feet away from other people.

  2. Anyone not fully vaccinated who has been close to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
    • It's best to get tested at least five days after the last time you were close to the person with COVID-19 (exposed).
    • If you get tested too soon, the test may not be able to detect the virus.

      Visit Close Contacts and Tracing for more information about what to do if you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

  3. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated and has attended a high-risk activity, like a large indoor gathering or an outdoor event where people are not masked or you are not able to stay 6 feet apart.
    • If you are not fully vaccinated, it is important to get tested at least five days after the event, especially if you may have come in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
    • If you are fully vaccinated and you were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, look for symptoms for 14 days after the high-risk activity and stay home if you feel sick.

  4. Anyone who works in close contact with a lot of people, including first responders, health care workers, child care providers, teachers and coaches, and retail staff.
    • If you do not have symptoms and you have not confirmed close contact to someone with COVID-19, it is still important to get tested regularly. People without symptoms can still spread COVID-19 to others.
    • All K12 school educators and school staff whose schools have returned to an in-person or hybrid learning model are eligible to participate in testing during their school's testing program.
    • Child care workers whose programs are participating in on-site testing through the state are also eligible to get tested through the state program.
    • If ongoing heath screening is a part of your job, ask your employer about how often you need to be tested for COVID-19.

  5. Anyone participating in in-person learning, extracurricular activities, or sporting activities.
    • Children participating in in-person learning, and their families, should get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. Refer to the Minnesota Department of Health Questions and Answers: COVID-19 Testing for Middle and High School Students (PDF)for more information.
    • Kids involved in any extracurricular activities or sports should get tested every week.
    • College and trade-school students should get tested if they return to classes or campus.

Testing options available

SCSU Medical Clinic offers different testing options including a rapid PCR test, or molecular test. Students can call or make an appointment via the website rather than just coming in to the office. Face-to-face and telecare appointments are available.

Telephone: (320) 308-3193

Order an at-home test at no cost

Vault: No-Cost COVID Testing For All Minnesotans (including all SCSU students)


Isolation and Quarantine

Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease. These two mitigation strategies are still vital in our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

St. Cloud State will continue to maintain designated isolation and quarantine areas on campus to support our on-campus residents.

MDH has provided Quarantine Guidance for COVID-19 to assist Minnesotans to understand how to implement quarantine and the options for how long to quarantine.  MDH has also provided similar guidance for Isolation and Quarantine Quick Reference Guidance for Higher Education, including how to navigate COVID-19 within an apartment, suite or house with others. 


Campus Cleaning Plan

The Facilities Management Department is committed to maintaining the COVID-19 Campus Cleaning Plan established at the beginning of the pandemic. This plan includes cleaning our high traffic, high touch surfaces across campus twice daily. 

This information is subject to change in response to the evolving conditions of COVID-19.