• COVID-19 Information

    As vaccines, viral variants, and medical advancements change the public health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hamline University continues to adapt and refine our evidence-based health and safety strategy. We base our policies on information from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to best protect the safety, health, and wellbeing of every member of Hamline's community.

    COVID level and University Shift Plan information

    • Current COVID Level: Two
    • Vaccination: Hamline requires all faculty, staff, and students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19; see the vaccination and booster policy
    •  Masking: Masks are recommended and required in classrooms and designated areas; view the current masking policy
    • If you have symptoms: Avoid contact with others and take a test
    • If you test positive: Report your test and notify any close contacts
    • Dining on campus: No restrictions
    • Residential halls: No restrictions
    • Classrooms: Masks required

    Read Hamline's COVID-19 Shift Plan.

    Report a positive COVID-19 test result

    Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 should report using this form.

    Staff and faculty who have tested positive for COVID-19 should report using this form.

    Hamline community members who test positive should also notify any close contacts so that they may monitor themselves for symptoms, wear a mask, or get tested. The CDC has helpful information on how to determine a close contact. You may also notify your close contacts anonymously.

    COVID symptoms and exposure

    Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

    If you have symptoms of COVID-19, the CDC coronavirus self-checker can help you decide if you need a test. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. If you live on campus, please call Public Safety for assistance as well at 651-523-2100.

    If you have been exposed to COVID-19, use the CDC quarantine calculator to determine whether quarantine and testing are recommended.

    Individuals who are not up to date with immunizations must quarantine after exposure. If you live on campus, are not up to date with immunizations, and have been exposed to COVID-19, contact the COVID Response Team using the appropriate form (student COVID report form or faculty and staff COVID report form).

    COVID-19 testing resources

    If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. If you live on campus, please call Public Safety for assistance as well at 651-523-2100.

    For the most up to date information on community testing sites in Minnesota, visit the Minnesota COVID-19 testing sites website.

    COVID-19 testing is available at community testing sites, local pharmacies, and clinics. You can also complete the appropriate COVID-19 report form for students or faculty and staff and a member of the COVID-19 response team will reach out to help you locate a test.

    Minnesota Department of Health hotline

    You can also call the MDH COVID-19 public hotline or your local county public health department. The number for the MDH COVID-19 public hotline is 833-431-2053.

    At-home testing

    Free at-home rapid antigen COVID-19 tests are available to every household in the US. You can order yours on the federal government's test kit ordering site.

    The State of Minnesota also offers free at-home tests on the State of Minnesota test kit ordering site.

    If you live on campus, you must add the dorm name and room number to the Minnesota test order form.

    Rapid antigen test kits are also available for purchase at most pharmacies and can be reimbursed through insurance. These tests may be negative for the first several days of symptoms but can be used at the end of a COVID infection to help determine if you are still infectious.

    Mail-in testing

    On April 1, 2022, the State of Minnesota ended the Vault Health at-home COVID-19 testing program. If you are in possession of a no-cost Vault test provided by the State of Minnesota, you can continue to use these tests and mail samples to our lab partners through December 31, 2022, or until the test kit expires, whichever occurs first.