Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,  

How are you? That’s not just a generic start to a letter. It’s a real and important question.   

As we hit another surge in the nearly two-year pandemic, we understand the toll it can take on mental health. COVID is very much a part of our daily lives, and it can easily become overwhelming.  

We want you to take a moment, breathe, and check in with yourself. Are you doing ok? There’s no shame if you’re not. And there is help available.  

The Minnesota Department of Health and the Mayo Clinic have several suggestions for steps you can take to ease struggles.    

On campus, you can contact the Counseling Center to talk with someone. You can also find several community resources there.  

For those in quarantine, isolation, or who are distancing themselves from crowds, this document offers some great tips for self-care along with information about how to get help on campus and elsewhere.  

For employees, this link from Human Resources has a guide for accessing the Employee Assistance Program as well as resources for finding care.  

After checking in with yourself, please also take the time to check in with your friends and loved ones.   


For your physical health, Clay County Public Health is hosting another Vaccination/Booster Clinic Thursday, Jan. 20. Appointments can be made online. We encourage you to take advantage of this free opportunity to get your vaccination status up-to-date.   


Be well,  

COVID Response Group