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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Campus Community: click here for COVID-19 news and updates.


Infectious Disease Information

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 4, 2020 -  Minnesota State University, Mankato recently launched a website with answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19. 

Student Health Services is closely monitoring the situation while working with public health officials and university administration. 

To stay up to date on the coronavirus, visit:

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. However, the CDC recommends that everyone take everyday preventative actions such as:

  • Washing 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.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care, emergency room or other health facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic.


Information about other respiratory illnesses:

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that infects the nose, throat and lungs.  The best way to prevent influenza is by getting a flu vaccine each year.  Note:  Influenza is oftentimes shortened to "flu" and is not the same as gastroenteritis (sometimes called the stomach flu), an infection that can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis.  There are two phases:  latent infection and active disease.  Active TB disease most often affects the lungs, but can involve any part of the body. TB is transmitted through the air; extended close contact with someone with infectious TB disease is typically required for TB to spread. 
Those wishing to learn more about the disease, signs and symptoms as well as prevention tips, are encouraged to visit:
If you have questions specifically about Blue Earth County Public Health investigations, please call, text or email:
Phone:  507-304-4112
Text:  507-720-8606
If you are concerned about symptoms, contact your primary care provider or Student Health Services if you are a current Minnesota State Mankato student.