University Community FAQs

Resources are available for students, faculty, and staff who are experiencing symptoms, have been exposed, or are anxious about the virus.

The Pandemic Assessment and Coordinating Team (PACT) addresses specific questions for the Saint Mary's University community.

Winona students remaining on campus between March 15 and April 13 who become sick should call Student Health Services at 507-457-1492 for guidance and a determination on whether you should see a provider. Do not come to Student Health Services. Call and speak to a staff member first.

If you are a student on other campuses or at other locations, please call your healthcare provider for guidance and a determination on whether you should see that provider. 

In the interest of safety and to contain the virus, we are asking that any student who tests positive for COVID-19 contact Tim Gossen, vice president for Student Affairs and Student Life at 507-457-1597 ( or Gena Bilden, director of Twin Cities Campus Operations at 612-728-5145 ( 

If in the past 14 days you have returned from China, Iran, Italy, Japan, or South Korea, or you had contact with an individual thought to have COVID-19, or you feel sick, call your healthcare provider immediately.

The university will cancel all in-person classes on all campuses Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17, and will move our undergraduate and graduate courses to online delivery beginning, Wednesday, March 18, continuing through Monday, April 13.

The university understands that following COVID-19 in the news can cause stress and anxiety. Students on the Winona Campus should not hesitate to contact staff members in the Counseling Center, Student Life, or their resident assistants. Students on the Twin Cities Campus should not hesitate to contact local mental health providers. Employees may contact Human Resources about available resources.

Saint Mary’s will follow recommendations from the Winona County Public Health Department/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding notification of those who are at risk due to exposure to COVID-19. 

The safety and well-being of all university community members is the university’s top priority. Any Saint Mary’s student, faculty, or staff member that feels as if they are being discriminated against because of their race or ethnic background is strongly encouraged to contact:

  • David Miliotis, assistant vice president for Human Resources, at or 507-457-1421 (employees);
  • Marisa Quinn, Ed.D., assistant vice president for Student Life, at or 507-457-1781 (Winona Campus students);
  • Sarah Ferguson, Ph.D., vice provost for Faculties and Academic Affairs, at or 612-728-5112 (Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs students).

The university has a non-discrimination notice that applies today, during this outbreak, and every day.

You can provide social support and counter stigma by learning and sharing facts about how COVID-19 spreads. The CDC has developed resources to help communicate facts about COVID-19.

If you think you may have COVID-19, call your healthcare provider. Be sure to call ahead so that the facility may plan to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19.

If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, stay home.

Please continue to visit this site for the most up-to-date information about the university’s response to COVID-19. Additional information on COVID-19 is available from the Minnesota Department of Health, CDC, and World Health Organization (WHO).

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Everyday preventive actions help slow the spread of all respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unnecessarily and with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then promptly throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning agent.
  • Stay home when you are sick. 

The university strongly recommends that students, faculty, and staff stay home when sick during the COVID-19 outbreak. The university recognizes that it is influenza and cold season, too, and many people may feel under the weather. Please do not come to work if you feel ill. While the university understands that employees may not want to miss work, the university fully supports faculty and staff who elect to stay home when they are ill.

The university does not provide COVID-19 testing. 

In Winona, COVID-19 testing is done when signs and symptoms of coronavirus (fever, cough, and shortness of breath) are present, travel criteria are met, or if a primary care provider determines it is necessary to test for COVID-19. If you feel you meet these criteria, you can call your primary care provider for more information and/or to schedule an appointment. If you feel you are having severe or life threatening symptoms and need immediate care, please go directly to the Emergency Department, which is open at all times. Please be aware that if coronavirus testing is ordered, it is taking 1-3 days to get the results from the State of Minnesota. 

Individuals in Rochester and the Twin Cities should consult with their local healthcare provider to determine where COVID-19 testing is available.