COVID-19 Response at WSU
This website provides the latest information about Winona State University’s actions to respond to the spread of COVID-19, also called novel coronavirus. It will be updated as new information is available.
If your question is health-related, please call Ask-a-Nurse at 507.457.2292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please consider self-reporting if you receive a positive test result to help us keep our community safe.
See updates on RCTC's response to COVID-19 for info on WSU-Rochester campus facilities and services.
What You Need to Know
Per the Minnesota State system office, masks will no longer be required on the Winona or Rochester campuses starting March 4.
We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 Community Levels , and we will continue to do what's right for our community. This includes making safe decisions over Spring Break and continuing to protect the health and safety of our community.
- COVID-19 Community Levels are determined by the CDC on a county-wide basis by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area.
- Individuals may choose to continue wearing masks, and we should respect and support the choices of others, except when mask-wearing may present a safety risk.
- The CDC has not updated its masking guidance for healthcare and clinical settings, such as our Office of Health and Wellness Services, where indoor masking will continue to be a requirement.
Our best defense against the Omicron variant is to be vaccinated and boosted. All WSU students and employees are encouraged to consider these tools to keep themselves and others safe.
We will keep the community informed about vaccination clinics and testing protocols.
Vaccines are Recommended for All & Required for Some
Everyone is strongly encouraged to get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
WSU is not broadly mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all students at this time.
However, proof of vaccination will be required by October 4 for specific student groups or populations in settings where there is close and frequent contact with others including:
- Students who live in university residence facilities
- Students participating in intercollegiate athletics, consistent with NCAA-announced vaccine and testing protocols
- Students who are required by their clinical or internship sites
Students who choose not to provide proof of vaccination will have to submit to a COVID-19 test at least once a week.
As details of how this process will work are finalized, we will share them with the campus.
In addition, WSU will be reviewing other close contact student activities to determine if additional guidance for those groups is warranted.
Courses & Extra-Curricular Activities that Require Attestation
If students are involved in the following courses or activities, they will need provide proof of full vaccination or submit to weekly testing.
Once the sports or activity is over for the season or reaches it's natural end-point, we will not require testing.
|Music, Theatre & Dance
|All students in rehearsal and theatre production for Spring 2022||Basketball||Women’s Ultimate Frisbee
|MUS 239 Jazz Combo
|MUS 240 Percussion Ensemble||Wednesday Night Volleyball
|MUS 241 Symphonic Wind Ensemble
||Tuesday Coed Volleyball
||Men’s Ultimate Team
|MUS 242 Orchestra
||Softball||Hip Hop Team
|MUS 243 Co||Soccer||Men’s Club Hockey
|MUS 244 Jazz Ensemble
||Men & Women’s LaCrosse
|MUS 251 Symphonic Band||Men’s & Women’s Rugby
|Men’s & Women’s Wrestling
|Men’s & Women’s Club Volleyball
Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine
Find out when, where and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine, and sign up for vaccine notification:
- Minnesota Vaccine Connector
- Wisconsin Vaccine Registry
- All states: Enter your zip code into the Vaccine Finder to learn where and how to get a vaccine in your area.
Already vaccinated? Fill out the self-report form to let us know.
See the latest information about vaccines for the WSU campus community.
Vaccination Status Impacts Whether to Quarantine or Isolate
You have Symptoms or a Positive Test Result
Whether or not you are vaccinated:
- Isolate in your residence hall room or home
- Fill out the self-report form
- Contact Health & Wellness Services for further guidance
- Set up an appointment for a COVID-19 test
You have had Exposure to a Known Positive Case
If you are vaccinated or waiting to be eligible for a booster shot:
- Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 days as you continue to go about your life, classes, work, etc.
- Get tested 3-5 days after last exposure
If you are not vaccinated:
All Campus Events & Activities Must Follow Safety Protocols
All campus events and activities must follow COVID-19 safety protocols, regardless of who is responsible for planning--whether the event planners are students, faculty or departments.
All guidance is subject to change at any time given additional information, recommendation or requirements from the CDC, MDH, State of Minnesota, MN State, Winona County, and the City of Winona.
- Mask requirements for public indoor spaces are in place for university campuses and properties in Winona and Rochester
- The following guidelines are also in place when using the Cal Fremling
- All student groups must complete the Student Event & Activity Registration Form on WarriorSpace for pre-approval
Indoor Events & Activities
- Well-fitted masks are always required in public indoor spaces unless actively eating or drinking until further notice. This also includes during strenuous activity.
- Record attendance of those present should contact tracing be necessary
- Ensure that the room/facility has enough capacity for the size of the group
- If non-campus participants attend, ensure they are aware of and follow all campus guidelines and requirements
- Provide disposable masks and extra hand sanitizer:
- Student clubs/organizations: Request from Student Resource Desk in Kryzsko Commons Student Union
- Sports clubs and Intramurals: Request from Gunnar Mach and Mark Bambenek in the IWC
- Departments: Request from Facilities
- Where possible, practice social distancing of 3-6ft
- Whenever possible, hold events/activities outdoors
- Whenever feasible, provide a virtual participation opportunity. Contact TLT or Kryzsko Commons Student Union for information and resources.
Outdoor Events & Activities
- The use of well-fitted masks is strongly recommended regardless of vaccination status
- Whenever possible/feasible, record attendance of those present should contact tracing be necessary
- Where possible, practice social distancing of 3-6ft
Events & Activities Involving Food
- Wear a well-fitted mask and gloves if serving food to others
- Ensure proper utensils are available if there are self-serve food options
- When having buffets, release participants by table or section to reduce congestion at the serving area
- When feasible, serving pre-packaged items is strongly recommended
- Bake sales and food sales are restricted unless the items are prepared in a commercial kitchen
- Only Chartwells personnel will be allowed in the kitchen areas. No student groups or departments will be allowed in the kitchen areas for special events or dinners until further notice.
Off-Campus Events & Activities
Follow all COVID requirements of the host facility.
Even if masks are not required, they are strongly recommended regardless of vaccination status.
- Follow all guidelines released from the Business Office if any events or activities require travel
- Complete the appropriate Travel Request Form on WarriorSpace (student or employee) in a timely fashion for pre-approval
- If using a Motor Pool vehicle, all occupants must wear a well-fitted mask regardless of vaccination status and follow all guidelines from WSU Facilities
Here are more important resources to help you stay up to date on the COVID-19 pandemic and it's impact at WSU.
The Minnesota State System Office is tracking cases of COVID-19 for all college and universities.
View the Minnesota State COVID-19 Dashboard.
Many departments are offering Zoom Rooms and tele-meetings, and all are responding to email and phone calls.
These FAQs answer some of the top questions about how WSU is responding to COVID-19.
FEMA has also supplied a helpful fact check against general COVID-19 rumors gaining steam online.