January 14, 2021: MetroSafe Update
COVID-19 campus exposure update
For the week of Jan. 6–Jan. 12, Metropolitan State has reported 8 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 1/6/2020 - 1/12/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 1/12/2021
Case Number/ Total Reports—8 / 269
Negative—0 / 75
Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 0
Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—8 / 194
Contagious while on campus—0 / 17
Not Contagious or Not on Campus—8 / 177
Recovered (Isolation has ended)—6 / 188
Employees—Week of 1/6/2020 - 1/12/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 1/12/2021
Case Number/ Total Reports—0 / 14
Negative—0 / 0
Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 1
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 / 13
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.
COVID Preparedness Plan
Our campus COVID Preparedness Plan has been updated for the semester. The plan outlines information for employees and students on campus operating requirements during the pandemic. In it, you can find information on building access points, health screening locations, face coverings requirements, and how to report COVID exposures or positive test results.
Community testing—no-barrier access continues
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.