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January 7, 2021: MetroSafe Update

Posted Thursday, January 7, 2021 | Announcements to Students

COVID-19 campus exposure update

For the weeks of Dec. 23–Jan. 5, Metropolitan State has reported 10 COVID-19 cases to the Minnesota State dashboard among individuals associated with our campus. Of these individuals, none were infectious while on campus. The data reported is shown below:

Students—Week of 12/23/2020 - 1/5/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 1/5/2021

Case Number/ Total Reports—10 / 261

Negative—0 / 75

Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 0

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—10 / 186

Contagious while on campus—0 / 17

Not Contagious or Not on Campus—10 / 169

Recovered (Isolation has ended)—5 / 179

Employees—Week of 12/23/2020 - 1/5/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 1/5/2021

Case Number/ Total Reports—1 / 15

Negative—0 / 0

Unknown/ Unconfirmed—1 / 2

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—0 / 12

Contagious while on campus—0 / 0

Not Contagious or Not on Campus—0 / 13

Recovered (Isolation has ended)—0 / 14

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.

Minnesota State reminder on COVIDaware MN

As we look towards our upcoming semester, we are asking you to add your phone to the fight against COVID-19 and to help Metropolitan State use every tool possible to slow the spread of the virus on campus.

Minnesota’s exposure notification system, COVIDaware MN, will help create a safer community at our school. COVIDaware MN will notify you if you’ve been near someone who tested positive for COVID-19. If you test positive, you can use the app to anonymously notify anyone you’ve been near.

Download the app before returning to campus locations so you can be notified of potential COVID-19 exposures. When we understand our exposure risk before returning to campus, we can all make more informed decisions about our health and reduce the risk of spreading the virus to friends, colleagues, and staff.

COVIDaware MN is free and does not collect any personal information or track your location. The app was made available by the State of Minnesota, in partnership with PathCheck Foundation. It uses your phone’s Bluetooth signal and exposure notification technology developed by Apple and Google.

Community testing—no-barrier access

Minnesota has worked hard to provide no-barrier access to COVID-19 testing at all Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) community testing sites. Testing is available to anyone who believes they need a COVID-19 test, with or without insurance. Participants will be asked for their health insurance information so the state can bill their insurance company on their behalf. If a person is uninsured or for any reason insurance does not cover some or all of the cost, the state will cover the difference so testing remains available at no cost to everyone.

What does no-barrier access mean?

  • You do not need to show identification.
  • Tests are at no cost to you, and insurance is not required (but please bring your insurance card if you have one).
  • Appointments are recommended, but you may walk in.

Community Testing sites for nasal and saliva testing can be found at the community testing page of the MDH website.

COVID testing for spring semester

Students, if you are returning from travel over the winter break and/or were around a lot of other people (airports, bus, etc.) please consider getting COVID tested 7 days after you return at one of the free testing locations mentioned above.

Looking for Support?

All of our student support services are available remotely. The vast majority of staff and faculty are working remotely so email is likely the best way to reach out for support and to set up an appointment. A complete listing of service hours is available on the Metropolitan State University service hours page.

Students, if you are returning from travel over the holidays and were around a lot of other people (airports, bus, etc.) please consider getting COVID tested 7 days after you return.