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April 29, 2021: May 5 Town Hall announced and MetroSafe update

Posted Friday, May 7, 2021 | Announcements to Employees

Town Hall with Metro's Recovery Planning Steering Group, May 5, 2–3:30 p.m.

The Recovery Planning Steering Group invites Metropolitan State community members to the May virtual Town Hall. Learn more about the university’s ongoing and evolving plans to begin transitioning more functions and working groups back to campus locations, and hear what steps are being taken to center student and employee safety. Join the meeting on Zoom at:
Meeting ID: 935 8310 7187
Passcode: 526458
One tap mobile: +19292056099,,93583107187# US (New York)
+13017158592,,93583107187# US (Washington DC)

COVID-19 campus exposure update

For the week of April 21–April 27, Metropolitan State has reported 6 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 4/21/2021 - 4/27/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 4/27/2021

Case Number/ Total Reports—6 / 362

Negative—0 / 87

Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 0

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—6 / 275

Contagious while on campus—1 / 21

Not Contagious or Not on Campus—5 / 254

Recovered (Isolation has ended)—3 / 272

Employees—Week of 4/21/2021 - 4/27/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 4/27/2021

Case Number/ Total Reports—0 / 24

Negative—0 / 0

Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 1

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—0 / 18

Contagious while on campus—0 / 2

Not Contagious or Not on Campus—0 / 21

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.

Physical distancing and face covering guidelines for instructors in classrooms

Distancing standards for faculty temporarily unmasking for in-classroom lecture remain to maintain 6-foot distancing from students and others in the classroom. As regards face coverings, Executive Order 20-81 offers circumstances where mandatory face coverings may be temporarily removed on page 6:
c. When testifying, speaking, or performing in an indoor business or public indoor space, in situations or settings such as theaters, news conferences, legal proceedings, governmental meetings subject to the Open Meeting Law (Minnesota Statutes 2019, Chapter 13D), presentations, or lectures, provided that social distancing is always maintained. Face shields should be considered as an alternative in these situations.
(Note: Page 3 Definitions. Includes: “Social distancing” means individuals keeping at least 6 feet of distance from other individuals who are not members of their household.)

Additional guidance on face coverings for higher education starts on page 7 of Guidance for Mitigating COVID-19 at Higher Education Institutions.