COVID-19 campus exposure update
For the week of Dec. 2–8, Metropolitan State has reported 18 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:
Students—Week of 12/2/2020 - 12/8/2020 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 12/8/2020
Case Number/ Total Reports—27 / 223
Negative—3 / 69
Unknown/ Unconfirmed—6 / 6
Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—18 / 148
Contagious while on campus—3 / 16
Not Contagious or Not on Campus—15 / 132
Recovered (Isolation has ended)—8 / 131
Employees—Week of 12/2/2020 - 12/8/2020 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 12/8/2020
Case Number/ Total Reports—0 / 10
Negative—0 / 0
Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 1
Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—0 / 9
Contagious while on campus—0 / 0
Not Contagious or Not on Campus—0 / 10
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.
Free shipping of textbooks and materials from the bookstore
In light of the increase in COVID cases and an effort to reduce the need for students to be on campus standing in line at the bookstore, the Pandemic Planning Steering Team recently approved the use of Federal CARES Act funding to provide students free shipping on their textbook and materials orders for spring 2021 courses.
Course materials orders placed online through the university’s bookstore, using the promo code METROSHIP, will receive free shipping. This offer is valid only for students and their course materials purchases.
Spring 2021 registration hold limits raised
If you are waiting to complete your spring registration due to a financial hold, please reach out to Gateway Services for assistance or to setup a payment plan. Information about payment plans can be found by selecting this link. Once a payment plan is established, and your balance is less than $200, you will be able to register for classes
Last Town Hall of fall semester took place Dec. 2
The last remote Town Hall of the semester took place on December 2, with President Ginny Arthur hosting a sizeable number of Metropolitan State University community members on hand to hear the reports from the Facilities, Safety, and Return to Work; Student Impact; Library; Enrollment Management; and Academic Continuity and Innovation teams. The summary will be posted on My.Metrostate in the Town Hall section.
More Town Halls are planned for the spring, and details on those will be communicated soon.
Reporting COVID cases during winter break
We ask your help in continuing to report possible employee or any student COVID exposures on the university COVID web form during winter break. The university wants to continue to provide support and assistance for employees and students during the break. The reporting also helps our continuing work with the Minnesota Department of Health on contract tracing.
COVID testing for spring semester
If you are traveling during the winter break or have been together with other individuals outside your household, we encourage you to get tested for COVID at one of the free testing locations before you return to campus in January.
Consider getting tested at least five days after you arrive, especially if your travel included being around many people (such as at airports, bus rides, larger car pools). It can take up to 14 days to get symptoms.
Wear a facemask and stay at least six feet away from others as much as possible for the first two weeks after you get where you’re are going. Be extra careful with family. Wash your hands often.
In general, avoid visiting older adults or people who have health conditions. If you do visit them, you should wear a mask, stay at least six feet away from them as much as possible, and wash your hands often. It is really important if you visit people who have increased risk for getting very sick from COVID-19 to be extra safe 14 days before your visit and consider getting tested a few days before you visit.