Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Preparedness

Saint Mary’s is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and is following recommendations from national, state, and local public health authorities.  

Since February 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has placed travel warnings on China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea. As of March 14, 2020, more than half of the U.S. has declared states of emergencies due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

To contain the spread of COVID-19, Saint Mary's University will cancel all in-person classes Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17, and will switch to online classes on all campuses beginning Wednesday, March 18, and extending until Monday, April 13. The campuses remain open, but most events are impacted. Watch for more details.

At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 on any Saint Mary’s campuses.

Saint Mary’s is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and will continue to post updates and guidance on this page and through frequent email communication.

Beginning in February, the university has provided information to the community to help provide instruction for personal and community welfare. We are constantly monitoring public health agencies’ instructions, government actions, and expert advice and will relay information as appropriate. Saint Mary’s has created a Pandemic Assessment and Coordinating Team (PACT), which is planning for the university’s response to this particular outbreak.

To contain the spread of COVID-19, Saint Mary's will cancel all in-person classes Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17, and will switch to online classes on all campuses beginning Wednesday, March 18, and extending until Monday, April 13. The campuses remain open, but most events are impacted. Watch for more details.

Saint Mary’s is recommending undergraduate Winona Campus students who have reason to believe they are infected with COVID-19, or believe they have been in contact with someone who is infected, call Student Health Services at 507-457-1492 for guidance and a determination on whether they should see a provider. Student Health Services will assist the student.

Students on other campuses or at other locations should call their healthcare provider for guidance and a determination on whether they should see that provider. No testing is being done from Saint Mary’s.

Students remaining on the Winona Campus between March 16 and April 13 who feel ill should not participate in any campus activities. 

If a case of COVID-19 is reported in the region or on any Saint Mary’s campus, the university will work closely with local and state health authorities to control the spread of COVID-19. Isolating any confirmed or possible case will be a priority. The university will respond to students remaining on the Winona Campus who are ill with COVID-19 as recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health. Parents will be notified, as permitted, if their student has COVID-19. Faculty and staff with COVID-19 will be asked to self-quarantine.

Masks are not recommended or needed for people in public places in the United States. Instead, additional cleaning measures for high-traffic areas on the university’s campuses are underway, and hand sanitizers are located in major public areas.