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October 15, 2020: MetroSafe Update

Posted Monday, November 30, 2020 | Announcements to Students

COVID-19 campus exposure update

For the week of Oct. 7–Oct. 14, Metropolitan State has reported 9 COVID-19 cases among individuals associated with our campus. Of these individuals, 1were infectious while on campus. The data reported to the Minnesota State dashboard is shown in the following tables:

EMPLOYEES—Week of 10/07/2020 - 10/13/2020

Case Number/ Total Reports—1


Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—1

Contagious while on campus—0

Not Contagious or Not on Campus—1

Recovered (Isolation has ended)—0

STUDENTS—Week of 10/07/2020 - 10/13/2020

Case Number/ Total Reports—11


Unknown/ Unconfirmed—2

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—8

Contagious while on campus—1

Not Contagious or Not on Campus—7

Recovered (Isolation has ended)—2

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.

State of Minnesota free COVID saliva testing sites

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is offering Minnesotans more and different options for COVID-19 testing by offering saliva testing in a growing number of locations across the state. The test is more comfortable than a nasal swab, and available at no cost to anyone who believes they need a COVID-19 test.

  • Saliva testing is free and available to all Minnesotans who believe they need to be tested, with or without symptoms.
  • Identification is not required. You do need to have an email address and phone number to receive your results.
  • Insurance is not required. If you do have insurance, you will need to show your card. The test is completely free whether or not you have insurance, and you will not receive a bill.
  • Saliva testing may not be right for those with low saliva production, such as children under age 4 or someone who has suffered a stroke.

More information on the Minnesota saliva testing sites can be found online.

Brooklyn Park site—opening Oct. 20

Starlite Center, former Office Max building

8085 Brooklyn Blvd.

Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

Hours of operation will be:

Monday–Friday: noon–7 p.m.

Saturday–Sunday: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Scheduling for Brooklyn Park site is not yet available

Town Hall summary

Metropolitan State held the second of several online Town Hall meetings with President Ginny Arthur on Thursday, Oct. 8, reviewing and discussing the work of the university’s Recovery Planning Steering Committee and its working sub-groups. You can find a summary of the Town Hall online in

Other Town Halls are scheduled for:

Monday, Nov. 2, 10–11:30 a.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 926 9368 0882

Passcode: 376854

One tap mobile +19292056099,,92693680882# US (New York) +13017158592,,92693680882# US (Germantown)

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

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.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 962 1750 2889

Passcode: 376854

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