October 22 MetroSafe Update

Posted Monday, November 30, 2020 | Announcements to Students

COVID-19 campus exposure update

For the week of Oct. 14–20, Metropolitan State has reported 10 COVID-19 cases to the Minnesota State dashboard among individuals associated with our campus. Of these individuals, 3 were infectious while on campus. The data reported is shown below:

EMPLOYEES—Week of 10/14/2020 - 10/20/2020

Case Number/ Total Reports 0

Negative 0

Unknown/ Unconfirmed 0

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard) 0

Contagious while on campus 0

Not Contagious or Not on Campus 0

Recovered (Isolation has ended) 0

STUDENTS—Week of 10/14/2020 - 10/20/2020

Case Number/ Total Reports 10

Negative 0

Unknown/ Unconfirmed 2

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard) 8

Contagious while on campus 3

Not Contagious or Not on Campus 5

Recovered (Isolation has ended) 7

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.

Face covering reminder

As has been communicated frequently, face coverings are required to be properly worn (covering both nose and mouth) at all times while in any common interior spaces on campus, as well as in exterior campus spaces where maintaining physical distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible.

Members of the university community are expected to behave responsibly and show respect for the health and safety of others. Any employee, student, or visitor who fails to abide by this directive without an approved accommodation may be asked or directed to leave the campus. Faculty and staff who are so directed but fail to comply may be subject to university discipline. Students who are so directed but fail to comply may be subject to student discipline.

Students who do not have a reusable cloth face covering can request one from the university. Fill out the Metropolitan State University face covering request form, and a cloth face covering will be delivered to the address you provide within 7 days.

Physical distancing guidance

We've all heard that we should practice physical distancing as part of our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. But how many of us have wondered, why practice Physical distancing? The following information is from CDC guidelines:

COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay at least 6 feet away from others when possible, even if you—or they—do not have any symptoms. Physical distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Mitigate these risks and protect the community by:

  • Limiting contact when running errands: Only visit stores selling household essentials in person when you absolutely need to and stay at least 6 feet away from others who are not from your household while shopping and in lines. If possible, use drive-thru, curbside pick-up, or delivery services to limit face-to-face contact with others. Maintain physical distance between yourself and delivery service providers during exchanges and wear a mask.
  • Choosing safe social activities: It is possible to stay socially connected with friends and family who don’t live in your home by calling, using video chat, or staying connected through social media. If meeting others in person (e.g., at small outdoor gatherings, yard or driveway gathering with a small group of friends or family members), stay at least 6 feet from others who are not from your household.
  • Keeping distance at events and gatherings: It is safest to avoid crowded places and gatherings where it may be difficult to stay at least 6 feet away from others who are not from your household. If you are in a crowded space, try to keep 6 feet of space between yourself and others at all times, and wear a mask.
  • Wearing appropriate masks/face coverings: Masks are especially important in times when physical distancing is difficult.
  • Noting and following physical guides when posted: Pay attention to any posted physical guides, such as tape markings on floors or signs on walls, directing attendees to remain at least 6 feet apart from each other in lines or at other times. Allow other people 6 feet of space when you pass by them in both indoor and outdoor settings.
  • Limiting close contact duration: Keep the time spent in close contact (within 6 feet) to 15 minutes or less from others who are not from your household.