Health Alerts

Here is the latest information about Winona State University’s actions to respond to current community health alerts.

Our priorities are safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of our faculty, staff, and students and enabling students to continue progress toward their educational goals.

If you have a health-related question, please call Ask-a-Nurse at 507.457.2292 or email askanurse@winona.edu


COVID-19

See updates on RCTC's response to COVID-19 for info on WSU-Rochester campus facilities and services.

Health & Wellness Services has COVID-19 testing available to WSU students who are symptomatic or have been exposed.

Please call Ask-a-Nurse at 507.457.2292 or fill out the self-report form for a COVID-19 test. Please bring your insurance information with you.

If you are sick, please stay home. Students and employees should work with their faculty and supervisors to make accommodations and submit appropriate leave requests.

Please consider self-reporting if you receive a positive test result to help us keep our community safe.

We use this information to monitor COVID-19 Community Levels which influences future decisions for campus safety measures.

Check the latest CDC guidelines for quarantine and isolation if you have been exposed to COVID or have COVID symptoms.

Everyone is strongly encouraged to get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. Our best defense against COVID is to be vaccinated and boosted.

COVID-19 vaccines, including booster shots, are available to all WSU students in the Health Services clinic in IWC 222. Please call 507.457.5160 for a vaccine and bring your insurance information with you.

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

Proof of vaccination may be required for specific student groups or populations in settings where there is close and frequent contact with others. This includes students who are required to do so by their clinical or internship sites.

Per the Minnesota State system office, masks are longer required on the Winona or Rochester campuses as of March 4, 2022.

Individuals may choose to continue wearing masks. We all need to 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.

Masks may be required for specific student groups or populations in settings where there is close and frequent contact with others. This includes students who are required to do so by their clinical or internship sites.

Monkeypox

As the US monkeypox outbreak has been declared as a public health emergency, WSU will continue to monitor the situation and keep our communities updated as more information is available.

The CDC recommends doing the following to reduce your risk-level:

  1. Avoid close physical contact with people who are sick
  2. Do not contact or share eating utensils, cups, bedding, towels, clothing, and other objects with people who are sick
  3. Wash your hands often with soap and water

Please note that the isolation period for monkeypox is generally 2-4 weeks.