Important COVID-19 Updates and Information

Posted By: Ann Merchlewitz On: 2023-09-27
Posted On: 2023-09-27

Free At Home COVID-19 Tests

Every U.S. household may place an order to receive four free COVID-⁠19 rapid tests delivered directly to your home. You may order these tests using your Saint Mary’s residence hall address (700 Terrace Heights, Room ***, Brother William Hall, Box ***, Winona, MN  55987). See here for more information.  The U.S. government will continue to make COVID-⁠19 tests available to uninsured individuals and underserved communities through existing outreach programs. Please contact a HRSA health centerTest to Treat site, or ICATT location near you to learn how to access low- or no-cost COVID-⁠19 tests provided by the federal government.

Authorized At-Home Over the Counter COVID-19 Tests:  Expiration Dates 

The table here lists FDA-authorized at-home OTC COVID-19 diagnostic tests, and includes information on expiration dates, who can use the test, and other details that may help you decide what test is right for you.

Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all people 6 months of age or older get at least one dose of the 2023-2024 updated COVID-19 vaccines this fall/winter.  People 5 years of age and older regardless of previous vaccination are eligible to receive a single dose of an updated mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least two months since the last dose of any COVID-19 vaccine.

You can search for a location near you that offers a COVID-19 vaccine here.

Isolation and Quarantine Protocols

If you test postivie for COVID-19, you must report that positive tets to

You must then isolate for at least five (5) days after symptoms started or five (5) days from the date of a positive COVID-19 test with day zero being the date of the positive COVID-19 test or the date symptoms began.  You may retrun to class and other activities only if you have no fever and your symptoms have improved.   When you return to class, you need for to wear a well-fitting mask, preferably an N95 or KN95 mask, when indoors around others and in public for another five days.   That means wearing a mask to classes, in the dining hall, etc.  You can find the university’s COVID-19 protocoals here.  All students are expected to comply with these protocols.