Emergency Preparedness: COVID-19 Updates
Coronavirus COVID-19: Be Calm and Prepared
On March 25, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued an Executive Order for Minnesotans to SHELTER IN PLACE beginning March 27 through April 10.
The Law School began online instruction Wednesday, March 18th to continue through the remainder of the semester. All Law School faculty and staff will work remotely. (Read Dean Garry W. Jenkins’ March 15 message to the Law School Community.) For employees, see Dean Jenkins’ March 11 message to the Law School Communty for guidance regarding teleworking/working remotely. For the latest updated information from the University on the status of campus, classes, events, and other services during this public health alert, visit Safe Campus.
The Law School is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of our community members and that any response we adopt is based on facts and recommendations from reputable experts. We join other University colleagues in condemning any conduct that targets Asian or Asian-American community members. [Coronavirus campus climate statement developed by the Imagine Chair in Critical Disability Studies and Critical Disability Studies Collective] Our thoughts and wishes go out to those who struggle with the virus and its impact.
The Law School is very much an international community; many are citizens of other countries, have lived outside the U.S., and/or currently have family and friends abroad, including in areas with travel restrictions. For those worried about your families, friends, or communities, please connect with support services as needed.
Flu Season Precautions
It’s not too late to get a flu shot. Flu shots reduce incidence of flu which can appear similar to COVID-19. Reducing the number of flu cases reduces pressure on medical centers.
Stay home if you are ill in order to protect yourself and other people; remember to communicate with Student Affairs staff, colleagues, and peers as needed.
Pay extra attention to these simple but effective illness prevention measures:
- Wash your hands regularly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your mouth and nose each time you cough or sneeze. Use the inner arm or a tissue.
- Avoid touching your face with your hands, especially your mouth, nose, and eyes.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean the surfaces you touch frequently, especially smartphones.
To be ready for the next few weeks when you are not on campus:
- set up your work voicemail to forward messages to your email.
- use Zoom or Google Meet for online meetings and calls.
Announcements from the Office of the President
- 3/24/2020: Restrictions on domestic and international travel on behalf of the University have been extended to May 31.
- 3/23/2020: University of Minnesota Foundation has established emergency funds for those in need.
- 3/20/2020: President Gabel shared a number of updates, including resources and support for those working and learning from home and resources for students in crisis or those experiencing acute needs
- 3/16/2020: Online instruction will continue through the end of the semester; a UCard or other secure means is required to access campus buildings starting March 17th; all events with attendance of 50 people or more are canceled through the end of the semester.
- 3/15/2020: All University of Minnesota employees systemwide (including student workers) who are able to work remotely should plan to do so beginning Monday, March 16 and no later than Wednesday, March 18.
- 3/11/2020: Spring Break has been extended through March 17 and students will resume classes, through online or alternative instruction, on March 18.
- 3/4/2020: There will be no staff or faculty University-purpose travel to any country currently assigned a Level 3 travel advisory by the CDC.