Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Any RCTC student who has received their COVID-19 vaccinations can come pick up a FREE #ProtectTheHive t-shirt from the RCTC College Relations Office beginning Monday, August 9th.  College Relations is located on the first floor of East Hall near Door M6.  This is just one small way we thank you for doing your part to Protect the Hive and keep #YellowjacketStrong



Click here to view the Minnesota State COVID-19 Reporting Dashboard


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At this time, in accordance with current COVID testing and vaccination requirements, the only students who are required to show proof of vaccination or submit to weekly testing are student athletes, student workers, and those students involved in the Fall theatre production.

August 3, 2021 Update

Effective Wednesday, August 4, 2021, all individuals (students, faculty, staff, contractors, visitors, etc.) are required to wear a face covering when indoors on the RCTC Campus or in a state vehicle when traveling with another person, regardless of a person’s vaccination status.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on masking recommends masks be worn indoors in any county where the COVID transmission rate is shown to be substantial or high. Olmsted County (and several surrounding counties) recently moved from moderate to substantial; thus, RCTC believes it is in everyone’s best interest to reinstitute a face covering requirement. Masks or other facial coverings are not required outdoors. This face covering requirement will remain in effect until further noticed. If you need a face covering, please go to the Welcome and One-Stop Center for a free RCTC-branded mask.

According to CDC, the Delta variant appears to be much more easily transmitted and wearing masks or other facial coverings indoors have shown to help slow that transmission. In addition, MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm shared during yesterday’s press call that masking alone is not enough protection against the Delta variant; hence a critical need to get vaccinated. Please go to COVID-19 Vaccination Registration ( to locate the closest clinic near you.

Our focus remains on protecting the health and safety of all that come to our campus and supporting our students as you progress down your educational paths. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue to adjust our campus plans to focus on these priorities.

Rochester Community and Technical College strives to offer a safe, clean, and welcoming learning and working environment.  While most COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, RCTC remains diligent in our efforts to reduce the risk of members of our campus community transmitting or contracting the virus.  We continue to strongly encourage members of our campus community to get vaccinated to help mitigate the on-going threat of infection.  Please visit the State of Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Locator to find a vaccine provider near you.

Thank you all for your continued flexibility and patience during these challenging times.  Lifting of this requirement is a positive step forward toward normalcy, but we must continue to remain diligent in our safety precautions and procedures to ensure we provide a welcoming and safe campus environment to learn and work.

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Free Community COVID-19 Testing Sites

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is concerned that people ages 18 - 35 are driving the state’s community spread of COVID-19 to record highs, many of them with no symptoms and no way of knowing they are positive. MDH believes the possibility of continued spread of the virus as young people visit family and friends for Thanksgiving poses a serious risk and urges all college and university students to get tested prior to the holiday or other opportunities to gather.

To make this possible, Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced a significant expansion in COVID-19 testing access, with the addition of more than a dozen new testing locations opening across the state over the next two weeks. All testing will be free and available to anyone who wants to be tested whether they have symptoms or not, and it will not require insurance. Please find the closest community testing sites to RCTC at


Free At-Home Saliva Tests

Click here to read more about this program and to request a test kit.


If you have any further questions or concerns regarding RCTC’s response plan for the COVID-19 virus, please do not hesitate to contact the office of RCTC’s Vice President of Finance and Facilities at 507-285-7214 or email Steve Schmall.