COVID-19 & Seasonal Illnesses

Fall and winter bring an uptick in seasonal illnesses as the University community returns to campus and temperatures get cooler. The information below can help you and your community stay healthy during times of increased and seasonal strep, RSV, flu, and COVID activity. 

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Practice Good Respiratory Hygiene

  • Wash your hands
  • Stay home if you’re sick. For information on academic support with illness, please see the University’s policy on make up work for legitimate absences.
  • Cover your cough. Cough into your elbow, or use a tissue or mask to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets from coughs and sneezes
  • Get plenty of rest 
  • Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water, and/or low-sugar, non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages 

Masks on campus

University of Minnesota faculty, staff, students, and visitors (including contractors, service providers, vendors, and suppliers) are required to wear a mask only in posted healthcare settings, isolation spaces and/or setting where Personal Protective Equipment is required. Everyone may wear a mask in settings that do not require them if they choose. The University expects all community members to respect those who choose to wear a mask, as well as those who choose not to wear one.     

Faculty and staff may order masks from U Market Services through their departments. We are continuing the Mask Support Program for anyone with special healthcare concerns and may benefit from specialized consultation. You may find information on mask fit and material from Health and Safety and Risk Management (HSRM).

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For information about vaccines for COVID-19, flu, and other seasonal illnesses, visit:

Additional information is available at UMD's Health Services.

Information on staying up to date on COVID vaccines can be found on the MN Department of Health website.

Additional Resources

Additional information regarding vaccinations can be reviewed at the following locations: