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October 29, 2020: MetroSafe Update

Posted Monday, November 30, 2020 | Announcements to Employees

COVID-19 campus exposure update

For the week of Oct. 21–28, Metropolitan State has reported 6 COVID-19 cases to the Minnesota State dashboard among individuals associated with our campus. Of these individuals, 0 were infectious while on campus. The data reported is shown in the following tables:

STUDENTS—Week of 10/21/2020 - 10/27/2020 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 10/27/2020

Case Number/ Total Reports—8 / 74

Negative—1 / 28

Unknown/ Unconfirmed—1 / 3

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—6 / 43

Contagious while on campus—0 / 5

Not Contagious or Not on Campus—6 / 38

Recovered (Isolation has ended)—10 / 40

Employees—Week of 10/21/2020 - 10/27/2020 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 10/20/2020

Case Number/ Total Reports—0 / 5

Negative—0 / 0

Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 1

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—0 / 4

Contagious while on campus—0 / 0

Not Contagious or Not on Campus—0 / 5

Recovered (Isolation has ended)—0 / 1

As a campus 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.

Flu vaccinations

One of the most important things to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, according to the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, and the System Office, is to be vaccinated for this year's seasonal flu. This not only protects you from the flu itself but reduces the likelihood that hospital ICUs will be overfilled this flu season, reserving capacity for pandemic hospitalizations. Flu shot vaccines are available at physician offices and local pharmacies. Learn more about the benefits of influenza vaccinations during this pandemic at the CDC's website.

COVID-19 saliva tests (employees only)

In efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID, Minnesota State is launching a COVID-19 saliva testing program. Under this program, a saliva test for COVID-19 will be provided free of charge to all employees currently working in the colleges and universities of Minnesota State. While many Minnesotans can access testing through their primary care provider or community testing sites, this program allows Minnesota State employees to request a saliva test that they can use at home when they feel it is necessary. This initial program is scheduled to end Dec. 31, 2020.

To order a kit:

  1. login to Employee Home using your Star ID and password.
  2. After logging in, you will see a message on the dashboard titled “Free COVID Test Kit Available Through December 31!” The dashboard message will be generated on a weekly basis for any newly eligible employees.
  3. Click the mail icon on the right of the banner and then the displayed window message will have information regarding the pilot test program as well as a personalized URL hyperlink that will redirect you to Vault Health’s website to request a test kit. You will need contact information, identification, and insurance information. Employees will not be charged if their insurance does not cover the cost of the kit.

The test is conducted by collecting a saliva sample during a Zoom-enabled, HIPAA-compliant, supervised visit with a Vault Health professional. The visit is necessary to ensure enough of a sample is produced from the appropriate individual. After a sample is collected, it is sent to a Vault Health laboratory for testing.

Upcoming town hall meetings

The series of university community Town Hall meetings continues through the fall semester. If you haven't had the opportunity to attend one of these meetings to hear the latest on the university's plans for safe navigation of the pandemic and the eventual return to campus, here are the next planned sessions:

Town Hall schedule

Monday, Nov. 2, 10–11:30 a.m., Town Hall

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 926 9368 0882

Passcode: 376854

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Thursday, Nov. 19, 4–5:30 p.m., Student-Only Town Hall

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 968 3580 2387

Passcode: 376854

One tap mobile +13126266799,,96835802387# US (Chicago) +19292056099,,96835802387# US (New York)

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 3–4:30 p.m., Town Hall

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 962 1750 2889

Passcode: 376854

One tap mobile +13017158592,,96217502889# US (Germantown) +13126266799,,96217502889# US (Chicago)