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September 2, 2020: MetroSafe Update

Posted Wednesday, September 2, 2020 | Announcements to Students

Health screening assessment

As we continue through the fall semester, we remind everyone that access to campus locations requires showing a green screen result following the completion of the daily self-screening. In addition to allowing access to work or classroom areas, the completion of your self-screening will be used for email notifications following possible COVID-19 exposures on campus. Please use your Star ID when using the self-screening to ensure you receive email notices.

COVID-19 campus exposure update

As many of you may be aware, a Metropolitan State student that had been on campus has self-reported a case of COVID-19 last week. The case was confirmed to the university on Aug. 29, and the locations affected were the lower level common area of the Midway ETC building and the Library and Learning Center, first floor student study area near the fireplace. All affected spaces have been sanitized and are currently open. The Metropolitan State community is grateful for this individual’s self-awareness in reporting their condition to the university and reminds everyone that we all have a collective responsibility to take preventative precautions and monitor our own health.

It is important to note that, as an institution with many students and employees studying and working offsite, if a positive case does not trace to an exposure/contact on campus, the campus may not be notified. Therefore, if an individual with a tested positive case has not been on campus and has not had close contact with a member of the campus, we will not be including them in the reported case number. Data may not be comprehensive or in real-time due to testing and reporting delays and are subject to change. Individuals, particularly those that have been at one of our locations, are also encouraged to report any COVID-19 health updates through our reporting form. As part of the Minnesota State system and in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Health, Metropolitan State will be posting a weekly case count update on the website; we will provide details on that information and its location soon.

Gathering Spaces – To facilitate appropriate physical distancing in our campus locations, we have worked on adjusting furniture groupings, and in many cases have marked the proper locations for those furniture groupings. We ask you to help us maintain a safe environment by not moving chairs or seating in common areas.

Following these guidelines is key to keeping the community #MetroSafe, and we can all further protect ourselves and others by:

  • Continuing to wear face coverings when in close proximity to others and while inside buildings
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water; covering your cough and sneeze; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Using hand sanitizer if you are unable to wash your hands with soap and water
  • Frequently cleaning all commonly touched surfaces and following posted cleaning protocols
  • Practicing self-care by eating a healthy diet and taking time to rest
  • Staying home if you are sick

This is a challenging time and I know some of you may be feeling stress or anxiety. You can seek support services on our campus by contacting the Counseling, Health, and Wellness department at 651-793-1568, 24/7. In addition, United Healthcare is offering a free emotional support help line for all students through Optum, one of their subsidiary companies. Their 24/7 helpline number, 866-342-6892, is free of charge and open to any student.

We will get through this together as a community and assure you that our faculty and staff are dedicated to ensuring our students end the semester successfully.