They can be similar to the flu or cold: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell. Symptoms can occur in as few as 2 days after exposure, or as long as 14+ days after exposure.
Is it COVID-19, or something else? This “Is it COVID-19?” poster, produced by the Minnesota Department of Health is helpful.
Faculty and Staff:
Stay home, call your supervisor, division chair, Vice President, or the person you normally report your absence to.
Students with on-campus permission:
Stay in your dorm room and do not enter any main campus building where you may expose others.
Stay home or in your dorm room, and call the Campus Nurse (507-233-9101). If you need immediate medical assistance, call 9-1-1.
If you meet the criteria for medical evaluation, the Campus Nurse will arrange a conference call with you and the New Ulm Medical Center, if calling locally, with the goal of determining the appropriate steps to take.
If you need immediate medical assistance, call 9-1-1. Before going into a healthcare facility, call ahead to inform the facility about recent travel history and symptoms and your possible contact with an infected individual.
If required to quarantine for the recommended 14 days:
Faculty and Staff:
Please notify your supervisor, division chair, Vice President, or the person you normally report your absence to so that alternate staffing arrangements can be made.
Employees exhibiting symptoms may be eligible for FMLA if required to quarantine after being diagnosed with a serious medical condition like COVID-19. Employees should call Human Resources (507-233-9150) to begin an eligible claim and to identify if any telecommuting work is available. The Campus Nurse together with Human Resources will identify a return to work date.
The Campus Nurse will report your illness-related absence using current procedures already in place. Work with your professor to continue academic studies and be proactive in finding solutions.
All faculty, staff, and students will be required to self-monitor and electronically report symptoms twice-daily to the Campus Nurse. The Campus Nurse will identify a return date.