Town Hall, March 18, 1:30–3 p.m.
The next university virtual town hall is scheduled for Thursday, March 18, from 1:30–3 p.m. During this live Zoom session, Metro State community members are invited to bring questions, comments, and feedback forward as we continue to evaluate and make plans for this semester and beyond. Join the Town Hall session, meeting ID: 942 1225 2913, passcode: 312710, and bring your questions.
COVID-19 campus exposure update
For the week of March 3–March 9, Metropolitan State has reported 1 COVID-19 case to the Minnesota State dashboard among individuals associated with our campus. This individual case was not thought to be infectious while on campus. The data reported is shown below:
Students—Week of 3/3/2021 - 3/9/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 3/9/2021
Case Number/ Total Reports—2 / 314
Negative—0 / 84
Unknown/ Unconfirmed—1 / 1
Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—1 / 229
Contagious while on campus—0 / 20
Not Contagious or Not on Campus—1 / 209
Recovered (Isolation has ended)—0 / 228
Employees—Week of 3/3/2021 - 3/9/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 3/9/2021
Case Number/ Total Reports—0 / 17
Negative—0 / 0
Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 1
Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—0 / 15
Contagious while on campus—0 / 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.
This week the state announced that they have reached a goal of 70% of people 65 and older receiving COVID vaccinations. They are expanding eligibility for vaccinations to people with underlying health conditions as well as front line workers risk for on-the-job exposure. This includes food processing, restaurant, and grocery store workers.
This new pool of eligible people will take and estimated four to six weeks to inoculate with a first dose of the vaccine. Those 65 years of age and older, teachers (K-12), and childcare providers still remain the highest priority.
Minnesota’s COVID-19 Vaccine Connector is active and is the best way to learn of eligibility for vaccination. Signing up for the Vaccine Connector is easy, safe, and secure. All Minnesotans 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. Sign up at the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Connector website.
Spring Break travel reminder
As a reminder, last week’s message included the CDC’s recommendations for those with a need to travel during this spring break period. At a minimum, those travelling should be aware of testing requirements of where you are traveling to, and for returning—even if traveling domestically. More information is available from the CDC’s COVID-19 travel recommendations by destination. Testing is recommended about a week before leave, and then within 5–7 days of returning.
If you must travel, be sure to take these steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. In addition, keep informed of the CDC’s travel during COVID-19 guidelines. Whatever choices you make, we wish you all a safe and relaxing time over our spring break week.