The following are some of the Frequently Asked questions regarding COVID-19 and Concordia. These will be added to and updated as necessary. 

The college is increasing its cleaning regimen in high touch areas, including doorknobs and drinking fountains. Handwashing technique posters will be placed in many of the restrooms around campus to remind us that the best way to slow viruses from spreading is by washing hands thoroughly. We will continue to monitor public health recommendations for best practices.

Concordia is preparing for COVID-19 and the ways in which we can prevent its potential spread within our community. The college’s Emergency Response Team is coordinating the efforts of working with each area of campus to do our best to ready the college for this virus.

The college is relying on the guidance of Clay County Public Health, Minnesota Department of Health, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to plan the college’s response to COVID-19.

If students believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, they should call their healthcare provider immediately.

Essentia Heath: call 701.364.8000
Sanford Health: call 701.417.2100

After contacting your doctor, please contact the college’s Health Services Office at 218.299.3662 to let them know your concerns.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Concordia will work with local health officials and officials from the Minnesota Department of Health. If public health officials identify a student or staff member as a confirmed case of COVID-19, public health will notify the college and provide information and guidance on notifications and other infection prevention actions.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The CDC recommends the following.

  • Clean your hands often
    • Wash your hands with soap and water
    • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water aren’t available
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Wear a facemask if you are sick
    • Try to protect others
    • Stay home when you are sick

The Office of Global Learning, in coordination with the Office of Academic Affairs and Concordia’s Emergency Response Team, is closely monitoring each student’s situation and communicating with each student on a regular basis. 

The college is planning a shift from in-person to remote/online instruction for a period of time this spring term beginning March 23. Concordia will hold in-person classes on campus Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17. On-campus classes will be canceled March 18-20. Remote/online instruction will begin on March 23. Currently, the college plans to resume campus in-person instruction on Monday, April 13. 

The college is suspending events, excluding academic instruction, as of 5 p.m. March 13, 2020. This includes both college-sponsored and hosted events. Events are scheduled to resume on April 13.

Academic Buildings
(Including ISC, Memorial Auditorium, Hvidsten)
Fob access only for employees beginning Thursday 8 a.m.

Monday- Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

ITS (Theatre Building)
Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, March 20 for equipment pickup. 

Knutson Center/Dining Center
Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 am. – 7 p.m.
Note: Dining Services is moving to a “to-go” format beginning with dinner 3/18.

Fob access only; Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Mugaas Plant Operations Center
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fob access only. Use doorbell on the east door for entry

Olson Forum
Closed March 19 – April 12.

Residence Halls
Fob access only for students remaining on campus.

Welcome Center 
Fob access only March 17 – April 12.


These circumstances have left some students in a vulnerable financial condition and all students in need of our most compassionate and creative support. Concordia staff are working diligently to ensure Cobbers are receiving the care they need to be safe, healthy and able to successfully continue their semester. If you would like to provide emergency funding for students or help where needed most, one of our generous graduates has stepped forward to match gifts in support of these efforts up to $50,000. Please join us at