COVID-19 Information

Fall 2021 COVID-19 Campus Update

Bethany Lutheran College continues to make the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and faculty our priority. At this time, Bethany is endorsing the practice of self-accountability in support of, and care for, our campus community. This includes utilizing good personal hygiene habits and COVID-19 mitigation practices when appropriate.

Please note and adhere to the following safety guidelines now in place on the Bethany campus:

  • At the moment, masking is optional for students, faculty, and staff; however, Bethany will monitor and follow the directives and mandates from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and/or the City of Mankato with regard to changes in COVID protocol and masking.
  • Masks will be required on-campus in medical settings (Bethany Athletic Training Office and in the Mayo Express Clinic), and Bethany will comply with the requirements of outside agencies when students are engaged in off-campus experiences such as nursing and education clinicals, leased transportation services, or in connection with programs that may be subject to external requirements.
  • Bethany continues to encourage students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and as such offered an on-campus vaccination clinic on August 24, 2021. Those interested in being vaccinated can find several options in the Mankato community.

The College will inform the campus community when the situation warrants a change in required COVID-19 mitigation practice in order to minimize the spread of the virus in the best interest of the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff.

Bethany’s early-August statement about the Fall 2021 operational plans can be found on the BLC News Page.

Updated August 26, 2021

Information Center

Should you have questions about COVID matters on campus this year, or if you need to report that you’ve been exposed to COVID or tested positive, please send an email to COVID@blc.edu for help. 

VACCINATIONS: We continue to recommend that Bethany students and employees receive a COVID vaccine. Mankato vaccine locations can be found under Vaccination Centers lower on this page. 

COVID QUESTIONS & REPORTING:  Throughout the campus, posters are hung which include how cases are either isolated or quarantined based on type of contact and vaccination status. The College COVID Coordinator is available for questions or reporting via email

EMPLOYEES: If you’re not feeling well, do not come to campus. Inform your supervisor of your status. Faculty should teach using the Hy-Flex option if they have any sickness concerns.

Local Testing Sites

CVS Pharmacy-Drive Thru Test

(Sign up for appointment at cvs.com)

Location: 1175 Madison Ave Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-625-1791
Hours: Monday–Sunday, 10AM–5PM
Testing Type: PCR Nasal Swab
What to Bring: Insurance Card and Proof of ID

Mayo Clinic East Ridge & North Ridge

(Call for appointment)

Phone: 507-594-2100
Location:
East Ridge: 101 Martin Luther King Drive, Mankato, MN 56001
North Ridge: 1695 Lor Ray Drive North Mankato, MN 56003 
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:15–11:55AM
Testing Type: PCR
What to Bring: Insurance Card and Proof of ID

Mankato Clinic Urgent Care

(Call for appointment)

Phone: 507-389-8680
Location: 1230 East Main Street Mankato, MN 56001
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8AM–7PM
Testing Type: PCR, Nasal Swab
What to Bring: Insurance Card and Proof of ID

Hy-Vee Pharmacy

Drive Thru Test (Need to set up appointment at HyVee.com/covidtesting)

Location: 2010 Adams Street, Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-625-7565
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8–10AM
Testing Type: PCR
What to Bring: Insurance Card and Proof of ID

Vaccination Centers

(Some local locations)
CVS Pharmacy

(Walk in, no appointment needed)

Location: 1175 Madison Ave, Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-625-1791
Hours: Open 24 hours
Type of Vaccine: Pfizer (second dose=21 days after first dose)
What to Bring: Insurance Card and Proof of ID

Walgreens Pharmacy

(Walk in, no appointment needed)

Location: 1270 Madison Avenue, Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-388-1315
Hours: Monday–Friday 9AM–9PM
Type of Vaccine: Moderna (second dose=28 days after first dose)
What to Bring: Insurance Card and Proof of ID

Cub Pharmacy

(Walk in, no appointment needed)

Location: 1800 Madison Ave, Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-625-9222
Hours: Monday–Friday 9AM–9PM, Saturday 9AM–6PM, Sunday 10AM–6PM
Type of Vaccine: Moderna (second dose=28 days after first dose)
What to Bring: Insurance Card and Proof of ID

Trifty White Pharmacy

(Walk in, no appointment needed)

Location: 1703 Madison Ave, Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-345-7245
Hours: Monday–Friday 8AM–7PM, Saturday/Sunday 9AM–6PM
Type of Vaccine: Pfizer AND Moderna
What to Bring: Insurance Card and Proof of ID

Walgreens Pharmacy

(Walk in, no appointment needed)

Location: 602 South Front Street, Mankato, MN 56001
Hours: Monday–Friday 9:30AM–7:30PM, Saturday 9:30AM–5:30PM, Sunday 10:30AM–5:30PM
Type of Vaccine: Pfizer (second dose=21 days after first dose)
What to Bring: Insurance Card and Proof of ID

Campus Emergency & Closure Notifications

The Bethany Lutheran College messaging system is a key component of the college’s emergency notification program. In the event of a campus emergency or closure, the College will send notifications through a number of communication channels including text, voice, and email messaging.