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February 26, 2021: MetroSafe Update

Posted Thursday, March 4, 2021 | Announcements to Employees

COVID-19 campus exposure update

For the week of Feb. 17–Feb. 23, Metropolitan State has reported 2 COVID-19 cases to the Minnesota State dashboard among individuals associated with our campus. Of these individuals, one was thought to be infectious while on campus. The data reported is shown below:

Students—Week of 2/17/2021 - 2/23/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 2/23/2021

Case Number/ Total Reports—2 / 309

Negative—1 / 83

Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 0

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—1 / 226

Contagious while on campus—0 / 20

Not Contagious or Not on Campus—1 / 206

Recovered (Isolation has ended)—0 / 225

Employees—Week of 2/17/2021 - 2/23/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 2/23/2021

Case Number/ Total Reports—1 / 17

Negative—0 / 0

Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 1

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—1 / 15

Contagious while on campus—1 / 2

Not Contagious or Not on Campus—0 / 14

Recovered (Isolation has ended)—0 / 13

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.

Vaccine Connector

All state employees are encouraged to sign up on the Vaccine Connector site to receive alerts when employees are eligible for a vaccination, learn more on how to schedule an appointment, and about vaccination opportunities in your area.

What this means for Metropolitan State employees

  1. We encourage all Metropolitan State employees to sign up on the Vaccine Connector now. Signing up on the Vaccine Connector now means you will be alerted when you are eligible for a vaccination, connected to resources to schedule an appointment, and provided with vaccination opportunities in your area.
  2. When you sign up, the form asks what industries you work in. While higher education is not specifically listed below, most state employees will just check the “Other/None” category and enter “higher ed” or choose “government” into the box. The question asks: Do you work in any of the following industries (check all that apply):

Correctional setting



First responders (such as firefighters, paramedics, police)

Food and agricultural worker

Food retail

Food service

Housing/shelter construction

Information technology/communications




Public safety (engineers)

Public transit workers

Transportation and logistics

U.S. Postal Service

Water and wastewater

Other/None (if you check other there is a box to enter your industry) Most employees will fall into other and can enter “state government” in the box.]

  1. Wait to be notified that you are eligible for a vaccination. Vaccinations are being offered to people in phases. At this time, vaccinations are limited to health care workers and assisted-living residents and staff in phase 1a, adults 65 years of age or older, educators, and staff working in licensed and certified childcare programs. We anticipate state agency employees in Phase 1b and 1c categories will be eligible to get the vaccine through a workplace or state-sponsored clinic in the next few months.

How do I sign up?

Signing up for the Vaccine Connector is easy, safe, and secure. All Minnesotans (including Metropolitan State University employees) should sign up. There will be no cost and no restricted time period for signing up. Health insurance and personal identification forms are not required for signing up. Minnesotans unable to sign up online can have family or friends help them sign up online or call 833-431-2053 (toll-free) for assistance signing up over the phone. Translation is available by phone in all languages.

Reminder on the importance of face coverings

  • Masking
    • Wear a mask that fits: No gaps on sides, covers nose, mouth, and chin
    • CDC recommends masks that have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
        • Effective Feb. 2, masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations
  • Face Shields
    • May be used in certain limited circumstances (IAW EO 20-81, Requiring Minnesotans to Wear a Face Covering in Certain Settings to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19)

When used, shield should extend below the chin and to the ears, and there should be no exposed gap between the forehead and the shield’s headpiece. Find more on the Minnesota Department of Health's considerations for face shields document.

Home office ergonomics resources

A resource on setting up home offices and using home spaces for work has been posted to Metropolitan State’s website.