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May 6, 2021: MetroSafe Update

Posted Friday, May 7, 2021 | Announcements to Employees

New state guidance issued

Today Governor Walz issued new guidance on the state peacetime emergency Executive Order 21-11.

This guidance adjusts limits on certain activities and continues the transition to open up public spaces in the state. While the pandemic is not over, some restrictions for indoor and outdoor public spaces are changing. Unpredictable settings are riskier than others as well as those with prolonged contact.

We still need to follow the science and adhere to public health guidance. Wearing face coverings and maintaining consistent physical distancing can still reduce the transmission risk of COVID-19 by 70-80 percent. New indoor and outdoor public space guidelines for restaurants and bars, personal service businesses, entertainment venues, and adult and youth organized sports are being loosened effective May 27. Visit the Stay Safe MN website for specific details on these changing guidelines.

Vaccination update

All Minnesotans age 16 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage all Minnesota State staff, faculty and students to get vaccinated. Minnesotans can use the online vaccine locator map to find vaccine locations near them and contact those health care providers with questions.

Vaccine doses administered in Minnesota, statistics as of May 6, 2021:

  • Total Vaccine Doses Administered: 4,457,725
  • People with at least one vaccine dose: 2,614,141 -- 59.3%
  • People with completed vaccine series: 2,035,289 -- 46.1%

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, None were thought to be infectious while on campus. The data reported is shown below:

Students—Week of 4/28/2021 - 5/4/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 5/4/2021

Case Number/ Total Reports—8 / 370

Negative—2 / 89

Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 0

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—6 / 281

Contagious while on campus—0 / 21

Not Contagious or Not on Campus—6 / 260

Recovered (Isolation has ended)—2 / 277

Employees—Week of 4/28/2021 - 5/4/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 5/4/2021

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.

Student telehealth provider search

Metro State is selecting a new telehealth services provider for students! We need your feedback to help us decide which vendor will best meet your needs. Please review the recorded presentations and vendor portfolio documents from MDLIVE, Doctor On Demand, and CampusCare here: Student Telehealth Finalist Vendor Feedback

All feedback must be submitted by Sunday, May 16 to be considered in the final selection decision.