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September 16, 2020: MetroSafe Update

Posted Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | Announcements to Students

COVID-19 campus exposure update

For the week of Sept. 10–16, Metropolitan State had one confirmed positive test for COVID-19. The individual, an employee, was last at a campus location on Aug. 31 at the Dental Clinic. The location has been cleaned and sanitized in accordance with Metropolitan State COVID-19 procedures.

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. 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 posts a link to the Minnesota State COVID-19 dashboard on the website.

Health screening assessment reminder

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 and emailing the self-screening result to your supervisor. 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.

MetroSafe pledge

Please join President Arthur and our university community in staying well and protecting each other on campus and in our community to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Following recommended safety steps will help keep students and staff safe to successfully complete the semester. Will you take the pledge to be responsible for your own health, the protection of others, and to keep the Metro State community safe from the spread of COVID-19?

When you complete the #MetroSafe pledge, you will receive a magnetic pin that you can proudly wear during your zoom meetings or in class. Take the pledge today!

In addition, fabric face coverings are available to students upon request; complete the MetroSafe pledge and request a fabric face covering if you need one.

Face covering tips

The CDC recommends the following tips for proper wearing of face coverings:

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
  • Put the face covering over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit the face covering snugly against the side of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily
  • CDC does not recommend the use of face coverings for source control if the face covering has an exhalation valve or vent

Ventilation in campus buildings

The following steps have been implemented to improve ventilation in our campus buildings with industry-recommend practices for infectious aerosols:

  • Increased fresh air is being brought into buildings, air recirculation is being limited, and ventilation systems are being properly used and maintained.
  • Facilities staff meet monthly with a controls consultant to review air handling and controls functions. Ventilation controls to allow increased amounts of fresh air into buildings. The control changes increased fresh air minimums on zones by 10% and when outside temperatures allow adjust up to 100% outside air.
  • We have extended HVAC run times before and after building operating hours to flush spaces with fresh air each day.
  • A review of filtration standards was completed in all buildings, a majority of buildings are utilizing a pre and post level filtration, with a MERV 7 and MERV 13 filtration on air handling equipment.
  • Specific filtration ratings for campus buildings can be found in the COVID-19 resources on the website