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March 18, 2021: MetroSafe Update

Posted Thursday, March 18, 2021 | Announcements to Students

COVID-19 campus exposure update

For the week of March 10–March 16, Metropolitan State has reported 3 COVID-19 cases to the Minnesota State dashboard among individuals associated with our campus. Of these individuals, none were thought to be infectious while on campus. The data reported is shown below:

Students—Week of 3/10/2021 - 3/16/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 3/16/2021

Case Number/ Total Reports—3 / 317

Negative—0 / 84

Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 1

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—3 / 232

Contagious while on campus—0 / 20

Not Contagious or Not on Campus—3 / 212

Recovered (Isolation has ended)—0 / 228

Employees—Week of 3/10/2021 - 3/16/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 3/16/2021

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.

Governor’s COVID restriction changes

This week the governor made changes that modified restrictions due to COVID-19 in place on businesses and public spaces. Some of the changes include now allowing restaurants and bars to operate at 50% capacity. Gyms can operate at 50% capacity and salons and religious services will no longer be limited in capacity. Event venues have increased occupancy and now allow up to 50% capacity both indoors and outdoors. Physical distancing and face coverings are still required.

Other changes include allowing social gatherings of 15 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.

We expect to receive updated guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Higher Education for campus spaces. We currently have MDH guidelines that are in use for our classrooms and common use spaces (hallway, study and lounge areas, tunnels.)

We are still asking students and employees not to gather in groups larger than 10 people. We need to continue to maintain physical distancing, wear face coverings and practice good hand hygiene to continue to keep community spread of COVID down. Thanks for your work in helping us to stay MetroSafe!

Reporting a COVID-19 Exposure
We ask for your help in continuing to report COVID-19 exposures. Please use the links below to find the online form for reporting:

  • Students are expected to report a COVID-19 exposure, symptoms of COVID-19, or a test confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 as soon as possible, using the form on the website. Additionally, they should notify their instructors of their inability to attend class or required events at Metropolitan State locations.
    Students that need assistance with any applicable attendance policies or services related should email: covid-19@metrostate.edu
  • Employees should report to their supervisor a COVID-19 exposure, symptoms of COVID-19 or a test confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 as soon as possible. Supervisors should report an employee’s COVID-19 exposure or confirmed test diagnosis to HR. We strongly encourage employees to submit this information on the employee form on the university COVID-19 web site.
    Employees needing assistance with use of any applicable leave policies or benefits should contact Human Resources at Human.Resources@metrostate.edu or 651-793-1275.