This week the university has no new COVID-19 cases reported by students. This is the first time since Sept. 23, 2020. New and active cases in the state are at the lowest since April 2020. 66 % of the 16 and older population has at least one vaccine shot and 61.6% are completely vaccinated. More than 3 million Minnesotans age 12 and older have now received at least one vaccine dose. The state positivity rate is at 1.34%. The positivity threshold is less accurate that it once was because far fewer people are getting tested.
These data and overall trends support the medical and scientific communities’ messaging: vaccinations work to control the spread of COVID-19. It’s still important to get vaccinated to protect yourself, your loved ones, and our communities from COVID-19. The virus will continue to spread and there is an opportunity for a variant to mutate and impact those not vaccinated or vulnerable to the disease.
COVID-19 campus exposure update
For the week of June 9–June 15, Metropolitan State has reported 1 COVID-19 case to the Minnesota State dashboard among individuals associated with our campus. This individual was not thought to be infectious while on campus. The data reported is shown below:
Students—Week of 6/9/2021 - 6/15/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 6/15/2021
Case Number/ Total Reports—1 / 385
Negative—0 / 91
Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 0
Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—1 / 294
Contagious while on campus—0 / 21
Not Contagious or Not on Campus—1 / 273
Recovered (Isolation has ended)—0 / 293
Employees—Week of 6/9/2021 - 6/15/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 6/15/2021
Case Number/ Total Reports—1 / 26
Negative—0 / 0
Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 1
Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—1 / 19
Contagious while on campus—0 / 2
Not Contagious or Not on Campus—1 / 24
Recovered (Isolation has ended)—0 / 25
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.
Mask/Face Covering Update
Per state and municipal guidelines, people are not required to wear a face covering at any of our campus locations. However, people who have not been vaccinated, for whatever reason, are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering. Anyone choosing to wear a face covering for personal reasons are encouraged to continue to do so. In fact, we strongly encourage everyone to continue wearing face coverings especially when in groups of people and/or when physical distancing of 6 feet or more cannot be maintained.
- The pandemic is not over.
- Get vaccinated.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Practice physical distancing when possible.
- Stay home if you are feeling ill.
- Get tested if you experience symptoms consistent with the Coronavirus.
- Be supportive and respectful of those who continue to choose to wear a face covering.
Minnesota State has provided FAQ’s concerning changes in the face covering requirements on its coronavirus information page, under General Campus Operations.
COVID-19 Vaccination Know the Facts
Metropolitan State’s Counseling, Health, and Wellness Center has put together an informative flyer answering frequently-cited concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines with the facts about the vaccines and vaccination.
As a reminder, all Minnesotans age 12 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.
Campus Events for Summer
- Internal Meetings: If you are planning a department internal meeting, please submit your request as normal through the virtual event management system in the service portal. Space requests will be reviewed by the scheduling team and approved or adjusted for physical distancing.
- Events on Campus: Metro State will continue to limit outside group events this summer while we have limited staffing on site. We are focusing on return to campus planning and preparations for fall semester.
As the campus health screening tool is no longer being used when you arrive on campus, students and employees will need their ID card to access the Saint Paul Campus buildings. The Fine Art Studio, ICES, and the Grow IT Center will be opened by request only during summer semester. Staff can contact security for access to the ICES building. Information about acquiring an ID card can be found on the library’s website.
Return to Campus Planning
Leadership Assembly staff have received an email with a link to a Qualtrix department safety survey. Please complete the short survey by Tuesday, June 22 to identify equipment, signage or other safety issues as you are planning for fall semester.
As we move forward with a broader return to campus, department supervisors have been tasked with reviewing department responsibilities to determine opportunities for some work to continue to be performed through telework arrangements as well as ensuring a vibrant, welcoming campus environment for our students. Department return to campus plans were due to their vice president by June 15. VPs will review and approve the plans for PEC review in June. Approved return to campus plans will be communicated with staff as soon as possible after the July 4 holiday. Staff will begin transitioning back to campus according to approved plans beginning Aug. 2.