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COVID-19 response: A University of Minnesota timeline

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Desmond Kamas and Yves De Jesus

March 18, 2020

Editor's note: this story will be updated on an ongoing basis as more information becomes available. timeline University unveils plan to slowly resume campus operations The 'Sunrise Plan' outlined a path ...

Minneapolis declares local emergency, shutters restaurants

Minneapolis declares local emergency, shutters restaurants

Caitlin Anderson

March 16, 2020

Mayor Jacob Frey declared Monday a local public health emergency in Minneapolis, which includes the temporary closure or limited accessibility of restaurants, coffee shops, nightclubs and bars due to the coronavirus outbreak. The emergency will shutter these establishments starting at noon Tuesday, ...

The big questions — and answers — about UMN’s canceled study abroad programs

Morgan La Casse

Dylan Miettinen

March 16, 2020

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. The University of Minnesota has made numerous drastic shifts in the past several weeks in response to the rapid international spread of the COVID-19 virus: travel accommodations for international students, an extended spring break and a frenzied switch to online classe...

Faculty scramble in the transition to online instruction

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Michelle Griffith

March 14, 2020

University of Minnesota Twin Cities faculty members have a little more than four days to transition their curricula to alternative instruction — an easy task for some and tenuous feat for others.  President Joan Gabel announced Wednesday that due to coronavirus concerns, all University system ca...

Regents discuss coronavirus, incoming Provost Rachel Croson

President Joan Gabel addresses the Board of Regents at the regents retreat in Duluth on Wednesday, March 11

Hana Ikramuddin

March 13, 2020

The coronavirus, incoming Provost Rachel Croson, and real estate were all points of discussion at the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents meeting Friday in Duluth. The regents also brushed over topics including the acceptance of the Teamsters Local 320 union contract, as well as the sale of K...

Growing number of Big 10 schools, including Minnesota, switch to online-only amid COVID-19 concerns

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel addresses the Minnesota Senate on the University's plans to contend with COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus, at the State Capitol on Tuesday, March 10.

Cleo Krejci

March 11, 2020

Update: The University of Minnesota announced that it will transition to online-only classes on Wednesday.  Seven of the 14 Big Ten schools have canceled classes or moved to online-only instruction to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The University of Minnesota, Ohio State University, Indiana Unive...

Gabel addresses lawmakers on U’s plans for coronavirus

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel addresses the Minnesota Senate on the University's plans to contend with COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus, at the State Capitol on Tuesday, March 10.

Mohamed Ibrahim

March 10, 2020

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel briefed Senate Higher Education Committee members Tuesday afternoon on the University’s preparation and response to COVID-19. In response to the coronavirus, which has spread to a growing number of people in Minnesota, the University will suspend all unive...

Here’s what you need to know about UMN’s plans, preparation for coronavirus

Hailee Schievelbein

MN Daily Staff

March 9, 2020

Editor's note: this story will be updated on an ongoing basis as more information becomes available. As a potential hub for the highly contagious coronavirus, the University of Minnesota is prepping for how to react. The University has canceled in-person instruction and closed most University buildin...

Two UMN students self-quarantined for coronavirus checks

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J.D. Duggan

March 5, 2020

Update: the students have been released from quarantine and did not show symptoms of the virus. Two University of Minnesota students returning from studying abroad in Europe have been advised to self-quarantine by the Minnesota Department of Health, according to a system-wide statement from the school on...

In wake of coronavirus, UMN suspends programs, travel to Italy

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J.D. Duggan

February 29, 2020

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the University of Minnesota announced Saturday it will be suspending all travel and education abroad programs to Italy for the spring semester. On Friday, Centers for Disease Control issued a Warning Level 3 — advising against all nonessential travel — for Italy due to ...