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April 8, 2021: MetroSafe Update

Posted Friday, April 23, 2021 | Announcements to Employees

Continued push for caution as vaccination rates and new cases climb

Active cases are trending now at levels not seen since late December. Hospitalizations and intensive needs are climbing. The state’s seven-day positivity rate is back up to 6%. But the vaccination effort continues apace and the anticipated jump in vaccine shipments has begun.

Wednesday’s Health Department data showed more than 1.2 million Minnesotans fully inoculated while nearly 1.9 million have received at least one dose, including about 83 percent of residents age 65 and older.

The agency reported about 49,000 more vaccinations. Minnesota appears to be on track to have 50 percent of adults vaccinated in a little less than two weeks.

To help win that race, state and federal officials on Monday unveiled plans to vaccinate as many as 100,000 Minnesotans over the next eight weeks at a site to be built at the state fairgrounds. The site will prioritize underserved communities hit hardest by the pandemic.

We want our Metropolitan campus community to continue to focus on safe practices both on campus and when in other surroundings. It’s important to continue to wearing face coverings when out in public, maintain physical distancing and practice good hand hygiene.

COVID-19 campus exposure update

For the week of March 31–April 6, 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 3/31/2021 - 4/6/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 4/6/2021

Case Number/ Total Reports—6 / 337

Negative—0 / 86

Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 0

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—6 / 251

Contagious while on campus—0 / 20

Not Contagious or Not on Campus—6 / 231

Recovered (Isolation has ended)—0 / 249

Employees—Week of 3/31/2021 - 4/6/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 4/6/2021

Case Number/ Total Reports—2 / 22

Negative—0 / 0

Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 1

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—2 / 18

Contagious while on campus—0 / 2

Not Contagious or Not on Campus—2 / 19

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.

COVID-19 vaccination information session April 15, noon–1 p.m.

Join Coordinator of Health and Wellness Rachael Mills (she/her) and Director of Counseling, Health and Wellness Michael Peterson (he/him) to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine implementation process in Minnesota. We invite you to drop-in and bring any questions you may have on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Differences between available vaccines
  • Effectiveness of vaccines
  • Health and safety concerns about vaccines
  • Vaccine eligibility requirements
  • How to schedule an appointment

These sessions will be informal and open to any member of the Metro State community who has questions about COVID-19 vaccination in Minnesota. Advanced registration is required. For questions about these events, or other COVID-19 questions, contact Rachael Mills at Register at COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A.

Vaccination update

Every resident over age 16 is now eligible for a vaccine. Sign up on the state Vaccine Connector to be notified of when, where and how to get your COVID-19 vaccine.