2020 Academic Year

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Dashboard

All students and employees are currently learning and working remotely.

Active Student Cases (includes on- and off-campus)3
Active Employee Cases0
Total Recovered Cases67
Students in Quarantine6
Employees in Quarantine0
On-Campus Isolation Suite Occupancy12%

Baseline Testing Information

As was done in August, we will again conduct baseline testing for our campus community prior to beginning face-to-face classes.  Whether you left the Hancock-Houghton area over winter break or remained local, all students and employees who will be physically on campus are expected to participate in our free return-to-campus COVID-19 baseline testing. Testing will take place in the Finnish American Heritage Center, as it did in August. Enter the building in the back and follow the signs. When in the FAHC/Bookstore parking lot and facing the North Wind Books, the back entrance is to your left and around the bend. You will exit the building from the front.

Returning student athletes have begun their baseline testing (Jan 8th and Jan 11th). The general student population, faculty, and staff will test according to the following schedule:

Thursday 1/14: 1:00pm-4pm

Friday 1/15: 9am-12pm

Tuesday 1/19: 1pm-4pm

Wednesday 1/20: 9am-12pm

Exemptions to testing are few, and include:

  • Fully online students and faculty who are not physically visiting campus
  • If you tested positive for the virus within 90 days prior to your return to campus (any time after October 20, 2020), you are not required to test. Please request an exemption from testing by emailing documentation verifying your diagnosis to contact.tracing@finlandia.edu

Please schedule your free COVID-19 Test by clicking here.

After the test is completed, you’ll be asked to quarantine in your home or campus residence until the results have been processed, which should take no more than 72 hours.

To View Your COVID-19 Test Results

In order to receive your results, all students are asked to create a Healow Account with Upper Great Lakes. This account will also be used should you take advantage of the Finlandia Health Clinic services later, or need an additional test throughout the semester.

  • Log on to the UGL Patient Portal.
  • From the dashboard, locate the Latest Results section and click on the COVID-19 MTU lab order to find your result. You may also see the result directly under the lab order.
Interpreting Your Result

After receiving a COVID-19 test through UGL, you will receive one of three results:

    • Completed: The virus was not detected in your pooled test and there is no reason at this time to suspect you have COVID-19.
    • Not Detected: The virus was detected in your pooled test, but it was not detected in your individual sample. There is no reason to suspect you have COVID-19.
    • Detected: The virus was detected in both your pooled test and your individual sample. It is likely that you have COVID-19.
What is Pooled Testing?

A testing technique—also referred to as pool testing, pooled testing, or batch testing—that allows for more people to be tested quickly using fewer resources. During baseline testing samples will be pooled in groups of five. The COVID-19 lab will take a portion from each of the five samples, combine them to create a pool, and run one diagnostic test on the pool.

If COVID-19 is detected in your pool, it means that at least one individual in the pool may be infected, and each sample will then be tested again individually. If COVID-19 is not detected in your pool, no further action will be taken, and your test results will be reported as completed.

If COVID-19 is Detected in Your Individual Sample

Detected means that COVID-19 was present in your individual sample. Students, please notify the Erin Barnett, the Dean of Students, with your result. Employees please notify Karin Van Dyke.

    • On-campus students: Housing will coordinate your move to an isolation space. Your roommate will need to quarantine for 14 days.
    • Off-campus students: Isolate in your home.



Where can I get a COVID-19 test on campus?  Baseline testing will occur at the Finnish American Heritage Center prior to the start of classes. Symptomatic testing will take place at the Finlandia Health Clinic by appointment.

Do I have to quarantine while waiting for results? Yes. Please quarantine from others and do not report to class until you receive your results. Coordinate with professors directly to learn what options are available to you in the event you miss class.

How long will it take to get my results? Results should come back within 72 hours.

Where will I be able to see my results? You can see your results in your Healow Account with Upper Great Lakes. You can follow these steps to see your results within your account.

Quarantining & Self Isolation

Who should quarantine? Individuals who have been exposed to someone who is ill (awaiting COVID-19 test results) or individuals who have been exposed to someone with a known case of COVID-19.

Who should isolate?  Individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19 and are awaiting test results.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Isolation separates sick people from people who are not sick.  People in isolation should avoid frequenting shared spaces in their homes and wear a mask when they leave their room.  If possible, people in isolation should have a private bathroom.

Quarantine restricts the movement of individuals who may have been exposed to illness.  When in quarantine, a person is expected to stay home and monitor symptoms, but should be safe to interact with others in the household.

How long does a quarantine or isolation period last?

Isolation typically lasts 10 days from onset of symptoms or from the positive COVID-19 test result.  A medical provider should provide an exact date at time of testing.

Quarantine is usually 14 days from the point of last exposure to someone who is symptomatic or who has tested positive for COVID-19.

I’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to someone who tested positive and now have to quarantine. What do I do now?  Work directly with your professors and the Dean of Students to determine your next steps as it pertains to your coursework.

If someone in one of classes tests positive for COVID-19, will I have to quarantine too?  Not necessarily. Public health professionals and contact tracers will determine your exposure risk and next steps.

Where will residential students quarantine?  Finlandia has reserved rooms in Finlandia Hall, away from other students, where residential students will quarantine. Meals will be delivered to them directly from the cafeteria. For more information, please review our Residential Quarantine Policy.

Should I bring a quarantine go bag to campus?  It’s probably a good idea to have a pre-packed quarantine bag in your closet. It would be much easier to ask a roommate to grab “the pink bag and my laptop” than to try to figure out what you will want for two weeks. We recommend including items such as a change of clothes, toiletries, medicines, tissues, snacks and a phone charger.


Do I need to complete the Daily Symptom Tracker if I’m not coming to campus? No. Off-campus students and faculty/staff members do not need to complete the Daily Symptom Tracker unless coming to campus.

If I live on campus, do I need to complete the Daily Symptom Tracker every day? We ask that you complete the Daily Symptom Tracker every day if you reside on campus.

What are the main symptoms for COVID-19?  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.

What should I do if start exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19? If you are exhibiting symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider to discuss next steps and testing options.

Contact Tracing

Who is providing contact tracing for Finlandia?  The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department will be providing contact tracing. In addition, several Finlandia staff members have been trained in contact tracing.

Why is it important for me to cooperate with contact tracers?  Contact tracing is part of the process of supporting patients and warning contacts of exposure in order to stop chains of transmission.

What is a close contact?

Someone who has been within six feet for a total accumulated time of 15 minutes over a span of 24 hours.

Someone who had direct physical contact with a COVID-19 case during their infectious period. This might also include sharing drinks or food utensils.

You can still be a close contact even if both parties were wearing masks, so please remember to socially distance.

What happens when you are identified as a close contact? You will need to quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure to the COVID-19 case to reduce the chance of spreading the virus to other people. A contact tracer working on behalf of the health department will contact you by phone during your quarantine period. Contact tracers will call you to find out if you develop symptoms and become a probable case.

What is the infectious period that determines the timeline for a close contact?  If someone develops COVID-19 signs or symptoms, the infectious period began 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms and lasts for 10 days after the onset of symptoms.

If the COVID-19 case is asymptomatic, then the infectious period begins 48 hours prior to the date the COVID-19 test was collected and lasts 10 days after the date of test collection. COVID-19 cases need to isolate for 10 days, be fever free for 24 hours without taking fever reducing medication and have symptoms improvement to leave isolation

Is there anything else I can do to help contact tracers? Download the free MI COVID Alert app to streamline the contact tracing process. Learn more here.

Finlandia’s Commitments to Wellness Resources and Practices
Health and Wellness Center

This new service is complemented by Finlandia’s own nursing faculty and regional healthcare providers who offer a professional, highly trained resource for serving the health and wellness needs of our community at such a time as this.

Finlandia’s new, on-campus health center will provide the following services:

  • Physical Wellness and Screening 
  • Mental Health 
  • Telehealth 
  • Wellness Programming across campus
  • Coordination of healthcare needs with appropriate qualified professionals
Mandatory Training and Education

All students, faculty, and staff will be required to complete online training prior to the start of the fall semester. Training and education modules will be built using recommended tools by the American College Health Association and others.  Content will include general health and safety practices including appropriate use of personal protection equipment (PPE), as well as campus-specific protocols addressing cleaning and disinfecting practices. Training and education will continue and evolve as needed throughout the semester.


Finlandia is preparing for baseline testing for all students when arriving on campus. This testing will be coordinated through Finlandia’s wellness center as part of our collaboration with Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center. More information will be provided as plans are completed.

Symptom Monitoring/Daily Screening

At the start of the fall semester, all students, faculty, and staff will receive a personal monitoring and prevention kit that includes:  

  • 2 pair gloves
  • 1-12-pack of alcohol wipes
  • 2 oz. hand sanitizer
  • 1 disposable mask 
  • Digital thermometer

Finlandia has developed an automated, daily online questionnaire for daily, personal screening.  All students, faculty, and staff will be required to complete this health screen each morning.  Based on the answers provided to the seven questions, the tool will inform them that they are clear to attend class or report to work, stay in their room, or stay home.  Human resources and student affairs offices receive notice of screening results that indicate additional attention is required.  


Any student, faculty or staff member exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be required to remain in their place of residence and report to 1) to their healthcare provider; or 2) Finlandia’s health and wellness center. All faculty, staff and students will be provided a listing of contact information for local health systems, the WUP Public Health Department, and other health and wellness resources.

Isolation and quarantine protocols are being prepared for students testing positive with COVID-19.

Contact Tracing 

Systems and protocols for contact tracing will be in place, facilitated by the health and wellness center in collaboration with the Western Upper Peninsula Public Health Department.

Face Masks/Coverings
  • One disposable face mask is provided in the personal health kit that is distributed to all students, faculty, and staff at the beginning of the school year.  
  • All residence hall rooms will be supplied with additional PPE, including disposable face masks and gloves.
  • All members of the campus community are encouraged to bring extra masks when coming to campus.  Face shields will be provided for those unable/unwilling to use face masks and for instructional activities that require them.  
  • Students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear masks or shields when inside common building areas or where distancing is not possible.  
  • Students and faculty will be required to wear face coverings in classrooms.   
  • Face coverings will be worn in the dining room in Finn Hall except for when sitting and eating.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings, even in their own rooms.  
  • While in campus offices, faculty and staff members are not required to wear masks unless others are present.   
  • Face coverings are not required in most outdoor spaces, unless physical distance cannot be maintained. 
  • Students who cannot wear face coverings due to a diagnosed disability must contact the Dean of Students with appropriate disability documentation from the treating specialist. Please contact Disability Support Services to obtain the guidelines for appropriate disability documentation.
Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette
  • Signs have been posted reminding community members to wash hands frequently, using soap and water, for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer frequently, and when soap and water are not available.
  • A refillable 2 oz. hand sanitizer is included in each student’s wellness packet, which they will receive at check-in.  
  • Hand sanitizer refill stations will be available at numerous locations across campus.
  • Educational materials about infection control, social distancing, hand washing, covering coughs/sneezes with elbows, and staying home from work/class will be distributed to the community at the beginning of the semester. 
Cleaning and Disinfection
  • Finlandia will take the necessary steps to establish protocols and practices for cleaning and disinfecting based on CDC and the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department guidelines.
  • Common areas will be subject to frequent sanitizing.  All classrooms and residence hall rooms are being thoroughly sanitized before students arrive this fall.
  • Laptop, keyboard, and phone cleaning stations will be set up in the Maki Library, the TLC, Mannerheim Central, and Finlandia Hall.
  • Housekeeping staff will be focused on cleaning in the most critical areas of campus. Therefore, our entire community will have to do their part to assist with sanitizing and cleaning our campus environment.
Larger Group Gatherings
  • Finlandia will adhere to the State of Michigan’s guidelines in place regarding group gatherings.  At Phase 5, indoor gatherings of 50 or less and outdoor gatherings of 250 or less are permitted, as long as appropriate social distancing can be maintained.
Off-campus Activities
  • Students who live on campus are encouraged to limit time off-campus, as is appropriate and possible.
  • Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to wear a face-covering when in public spaces off-campus and to maintain appropriate social distancing.
  • Fall athletes who are required to travel off-campus will self-monitor symptoms and report changes in health to their coach for further monitoring.
  • Employee Travel: All international travel is suspended.  Domestic travel must be approved by supervisors.  
  • Student Travel: Any student traveling internationally will be required to register and quarantine for two weeks following return.  Students are encouraged not to travel unnecessarily.

See Finlandia’s Full COVID-19 response in the Spring 2020 semester here.


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following for every day prevention:

  • Wash your hands oftenWash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact: Stay at least 6? (about 2 arms’ length) away from other people
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others. The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or using the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands after.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces often.
  • Monitor your daily health.

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