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Last Updated: July 27 at 4:40pm

A positive COVID-19 test result was self-reported to Winona State the week of July 27.

The individual and their contacts are self-isolating, contact tracing by the Minnesota Department of Health is expected to take place, and WSU has enacted protocols as designated in our Back-To-Campus Preparedness Plan (PDF).

This makes five positive COVID-19 test results that were self-reported to WSU since July 6.

There may be other cases that we have not been informed of. Please consider self-reporting if you receive a positive test result to help us keep our community safe.

Please continue to physically distance, wear a mask and wash your hands. It's up to each of us to do our part, and we are in this together.


Mask Requirements

WSU has issued a campus-wide mask requirement, effective July 13.

The City of Rochester has issued a citywide mask requirement, effective July 8.

The City of Winona has issued a citywide mask requirement, effective July 10.

We urge community members to continue to abide by CDC-recommended guidelines and protective measures, including the use of cloth face coverings, physical distancing and washing of hands.


Updates on Fall 2020

Fall semester classes will begin Aug. 24 as scheduled, and Winona State will be open and ready to welcome students. Our course delivery plan includes a mix of face-to-face, online, and hybrid instruction.

To help guide our planning for safely reopening our campuses, we have developed a Back-To-Campus Preparedness Plan (PDF). This plan was updated on June 29.

It covers guidance from the State of Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota State system office, and includes information on our campus plan for:

  • health screenings and mask guidelines,
  • respiratory etiquette
  • handwashing
  • physical distancing
  • cleaning and disinfecting practices

As course delivery methods are updated for fall semester, enrolled students will receive an automated email message notifying them that there has been a change to at least one of their registered courses.

To see which courses have been changed and what delivery format is now offered, students should check eServices.

Faculty and staff who wish to return to work on campus must first get approval from their supervisors and get required safety training.


Housing & Residence Life

WSU Residence Halls plan to be open for fall semester. In accordance with CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, and Minnesota State system guidelines, the following changes have been made for 2020-2021.

All double rooms in our traditional residence halls have been converted to single-occupancy rooms for 2020-2021. This is being done with no additional cost to the student.

Kirkland-Haake and East Lake Apartments will remain as 4-person units.

We understand many students were looking forward to having a traditional “roommate experience”. Our Residence Life staff is working hard to provide opportunities for students to meet people and make friends, while practicing physical distancing.


General Campus Updates

The WSU campus is closed to the public, and students have access to only the first floor of Krueger Library and the Warrior Cupboard.

The WSU-Rochester/RCTC campus has modified hours.

There will be no registration holds placed on student accounts with an unpaid balance of $1,000 or less. Students will be able to register for Fall 2020 courses.

For previous updates, see WSU Campus Messages on COVID-19.


WSU-Rochester at RCTC

The WSU-Rochester campus is co-located with Rochester Community and Technical College. See updates on RCTC's response to COVID-19 for info on campus facilities and services.

The RCTC main campus will be open with limited access from 8am-4:30pm from Monday through Friday and closed on weekends.

The only entrance point will be through the Atrium. This entrance will be monitored by RCTC personnel.

Visitors will be asked to show a campus ID or provide an acceptable rationale for visiting before being allowed entry.

All other entrances will be locked. Magnetic card access will be disabled.

RCTC will continue to adjust hours and building access as necessary.