Vaccination update: A race between shots and surging cases
Minnesota’s fight against the spread of COVID-19, particularly more transmissible variants, has been boosted by a steady increase in vaccinations. Every resident over 16 years of age is now eligible for vaccination, and can sign up on the state Vaccine Connector to find out when, where, and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
One major boost to the state’s effort is the state and federal vaccination site to be built at the fairgrounds. This site is preparing to vaccinate as many as 100,000 Minnesotans over the next eight weeks, prioritizing underserved communities hit hardest by the pandemic.
Even with the expansion of vaccination in the state, we want our Metropolitan State community to continue to focus on safe practices both on campus and when in other surroundings. It remains important to wear face coverings when out in public, maintain physical distancing, and practice good hand hygiene.
- Wear a face covering in public places that fits well (state executive order is still in force)
- Stay at least 6 feet away from other people whenever:
- In public
- Visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households
- Wash hands
- Stay home if sick
- Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID
- If someone is fully vaccinated and is exposed (in contact, within 6’ for more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period), they do not need to quarantine if ALL of the following are true:
- The COVID-19 exposure was at least 14 days after their vaccination series was fully completed
- They do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19
Ramadan began on April 13 and will end on May 13, to be followed by the Eid al-Fitr celebration. As a reminder, the COVID-19 vaccine is not considered food or drink, and Muslim scholars agree it will not invalidate your fast. Furthermore, if an individual experiences side effects, they are allowed to break their fast to take care of themselves.
COVID-19 campus exposure update
For the week of April 7–April 13, Metropolitan State has reported 8 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 4/7/2021 - 4/13/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 4/13/2021
Case Number/ Total Reports—8 / 345
Negative—0 / 86
Unknown/ Unconfirmed—1 / 1
Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—7 / 258
Contagious while on campus—0 / 20
Not Contagious or Not on Campus—7 / 238
Recovered (Isolation has ended)—0 / 254
Employees—Week of 4/7/2021 - 4/13/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 4/13/2021
Case Number/ Total Reports—1 / 23
Negative—0 / 0
Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 1
Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—1 / 18
Contagious while on campus—0 / 2
Not Contagious or Not on Campus—1 / 20
Recovered (Isolation has ended)—0 / 16
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.
Health and Wellness Services survey
The Health and Wellness Department wants your feedback as we continue to assess the need for health services offered through the university. Participation in this quick 10 question survey is voluntary and your responses will be anonymous. This survey will be available until Monday, April 26.
After you have completed the survey, you will have the opportunity to share your contact information to win a $25 Amazon gift card (15 total winners will be randomly selected). You will also be able to indicate if you are willing to participate in a virtual 1-1 focus group on the topic of student health services for an additional incentive.
Access the survey here: Metro State Student Health Services Survey