Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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.

For additional answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.

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.