Updated August 18, 2021 – This information is correct and accurate as of the date it was posted and/or updated.

MORE INFORMATION — This FAQ will reference the State of Minnesota’s FAQ; that document is available online, here.

FAQ

As stated in the State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 FAQ (https://mn.gov/mmb/be-ready-mn/infectious-diseases/covid-19-faqs.jsp):

“Effective September 8, all state agency employees who are assigned to work at the workplace or otherwise provide agency services outside their home are required to either show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or be tested at least weekly. Employees who have an approved telework arrangement and are not required to work in the workplace or provide agency services outside of their home are not subject to COVID-19 testing, but they will only be allowed to enter the workplace for more than 10 minutes or provide agency services outside of their home if they show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.”

Simply put, the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. All Minnesota State institutions are complying with Gov. Walz’s August 11, 2021, announcement that all state agency employees, including employees of Minnesota State, who are assigned to work at the workplace or otherwise provide agency services outside their home are required to either show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or be tested at least weekly.

While we all have hoped to enter a post-pandemic transition, increasing case numbers remind us that COVID-19 is a reality we continue to face. We have communicated to students, faculty and staff our strong encouragement for everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The single most effective strategy for reducing the spread of COVID-19 is for as many Minnesotans as possible to get vaccinated.

The policy for state agency employees becomes effective on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

The Minnesota Vaccine Connector website lists five vaccine locations in Bemidji, and allows you to locate convenient vaccination sites anywhere in the state. Learn more at: http://VaccineConnector.mn.gov

As specified in the State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 FAQ (https://mn.gov/mmb/be-ready-mn/infectious-diseases/covid-19-faqs.jsp):

Teleworkers who are not vaccinated can only access their workplace for no more than 10 minutes. State agency employees who are required to be at a worksite and are not vaccinated will be required to receive a negative COVID-19 test at least once a week to work on-site at all public workplaces around the state. More details on how to access testing will come at a later date.

Minnesota State is working on a limited set of exceptions to this policy that will be announced in the coming weeks. Information will be shared as quickly as we are able to do so.

Specific details on the testing procedure will be announced in the coming weeks. Information will be shared as quickly as we are able to do so.

No — we are not announcing any changes to our operational stances for either work or course delivery at this time. However, we also intend to diligently and continually monitor our local, regional and state COVID-19 situation, as we have done throughout the pandemic, and take guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health, CDC and others, as necessary, to ensure that we protect the health and safety of our students, employees and visitors to our campuses. We will take whatever steps are necessary, with guidance from our state agency partners and others, to ensure the safety of our campus communities.

No, but we continue to strongly encourage that all students who are able but remain unvaccinated to seek vaccines at their earliest opportunity. See “Where can I get vaccinated?”, above, to find a vaccination location near you. Minnesota State announced a vaccination attestation and testing policy that will apply to many on-campus students on August 18, 2021.

We don’t yet know. We are working with the Minnesota State system and Minnesota Immunization Information Center (MIIC) on a system that could help us estimate the percentage of our students who are vaccinated. Specific details on this reporting should be available soon. Information will be shared as quickly as we are able to do so.

Not at this time. Our current protocols require all employees, students, and visitors — including contractors and vendors — to wear a face covering in public, indoor settings while on campus or in a leased off-campus facility. This is in effect until at least August 31, 2021.