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 askanurse@winona.edu

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

Effective Aug. 4, all students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to use a face covering to cover both the nose and mouth in all public indoor spaces on University campuses and properties in both Winona and Rochester.

This guidance applies to everyone, regardless of your vaccination status.

The only times you do not have to wear are mask are:

  • When outdoors, provided appropriate physical distancing can be observed.
  • When eating or drinking, provided appropriate physical distancing can be observed
  • When in your assigned apartment or residence hall room
  • When alone in an office, study area, or other private space where it is unlikely you will encounter others
  • When alone in a motor vehicle or utility vehicle used for university business
  • When a faculty member is actively lecturing and is able to maintain greater than 6ft distance in certain classrooms
  • When an accommodation is necessary as indicated by a medical or similar subject matter expert and granted by express written permission of the University

 

To request an accommodation, please contact Access Services (students) or Human Resources (employees).

WSU students and employees on the Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) campus are expected to follow WSU's guidance on masks. The WSU protocols may differ from RCTC's current standards.

Face coverings are also strongly encouraged when conducting any university business off campus, and may be required by local ordinance depending on the destination.

This protocol will remain in effect through the first several weeks of Fall Semester. University leaders are monitoring the situation and will adjust requirements as needed.

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
Intramurals
Sports Clubs
All students in rehearsal and theatre production for Fall 2021 Basketball  Women’s Ultimate Frisbee
MUS 239 Jazz Combo
Coed Volleyball 
Dodgeball 
MUS 240 Percussion Ensemble Wednesday Night Volleyball
Cheerleading 
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
    Club Baseball
    Dance Team 
    Men’s & Women’s Club Volleyball
    Soccer Club

Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine

Find out when, where and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine, and sign up for vaccine notification:

Already vaccinated? Fill out the self-report form to let us know.

See the latest information about vaccines for the WSU campus community.

You have Symptoms or a Positive Test Result

Whether or not you are vaccinated:

  1. Isolate in your residence hall room or home
  2. Fill out the self-report form
  3. Contact Health & Wellness Services for further guidance
  4. Set up an appointment for a COVID-19 test

You have had Exposure to a Known Positive Case

If you are vaccinated:

  1. Wear a mask as you continue to go about your life, classes, work, etc
  2. Get tested 3-5 days after last exposure

If you are not vaccinated:

  1. Quarantine in your residence hall or home
  2. Fill out the self-report form
  3. Contact Health & Wellness Services for further guidance
  4. Set up an appointment for a COVID-19 test

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.


Travel

  • 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. 

COVID-19 Dashboard


The Minnesota State System Office is tracking cases of COVID-19 for all college and universities.

View the Minnesota State COVID-19 Dashboard.

Count on Me


We’re counting on every Warrior to fight for the best college experience possible by doing their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our campus community.


6 Key Actions for Every Warrior

  1. Vax Up
  2. Mask Up
  3. Wash Up
  4. Back Up
  5. Check Up
  6. Check In

Step up and show everyone at WSU that they can count on you.

Ready for You


WSU is ready to welcome our Warrior family for the new semester– whether you’re coming to campus this fall or joining us through online classes.

We're ready to bring high quality education and college life experiences to students. We're ready with measures to protect health and safety for everyone at WSU and our local communities.

Learn more about how WSU is ready for you this semester.

Keep On


Whether you are on campus or not, WSU is committed to helping everyone keep learning, keep teaching and keep working as a community.

Many departments are offering Zoom Rooms and tele-meetings, and all are responding to email and phone calls.

The WSU Admissions team is ready to talk to if you’re thinking about becoming a Warrior.

FAQs


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.