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June 3, 2021: MetroSafe Update

Posted Tuesday, June 8, 2021 | Announcements to Employees

As the pandemic evolves, we are beginning to see loosening of restrictions in public spaces. Metropolitan State University is committed to maintain a safe environment even as we begin to adapt our operations to new modes and practices. Metropolitan State continues to align campus requirements with guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Minnesota Governors Executive Orders, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and the Minnesota State system office guidelines as we manage our response to COVID-19.

COVID-19 campus exposure update
For the week of May 26–June 1, Metropolitan State has reported 1 COVID-19 case 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 5/26/2021 - 6/1/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 6/1/2021

Case Number/ Total Reports—1 / 384

Negative—0 / 91

Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 0

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—1 / 293

Contagious while on campus—0 / 21

Not Contagious or Not on Campus—1 / 272

Recovered (Isolation has ended)—0 / 292

Employees—Week of 5/26/2021 - 6/1/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 6/1/2021

Case Number/ Total Reports—0 / 25

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 / 22

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.

Mask/Face Covering Update
On June 1, 2021, Minneapolis and Saint Paul mayors rescinded the executive orders requiring face coverings, following Minnesota Governor Tim Walz rescinding the statewide mask mandate in most settings as detailed in Executive Order 21-23 on May 14.

Effective June 7, you are not required to wear a face covering at any of our Metropolitan State campus locations. 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.

Important reminders:

  • 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. (https://www.minnstate.edu/coronavirus/)

Midway Technology Center Location
The Technology Center building at Midway is no longer requiring face coverings if you are vaccinated in the common areas of the building. Individual tenant spaces may have their own requirements for face coverings.

Hennepin Technical College (LECJEC)
Hennepin Technical Center (LECJEC) is no longer requiring face masks while indoors or outdoors. All people who have not been fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in accordance with MDH and CDC recommendations until they are fully vaccinated. Nothing precludes someone from wearing a mask, for any reason, if they so choose.

Minneapolis College
Effective June 7, Minneapolis College will no longer require face coverings. They are encouraging employees and students to wear face coverings and maintain increased physical distance where possible.

Health Screening Tool/Campus Access
The campus health screening tool is no longer being used when you arrive on campus. Students and employees will have access to Saint Paul Campus buildings at exterior doors with card readers by using your ID card. 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.

A two-week transition period will take place May 24 through June 4at the entrance to Founder’s Hall auditorium door for students or employees who do not have an ID card.

The Student Center has security staffing when it is open and signage will be posted with a contact number for security. After the transition period, signage on exterior doors will include a security phone contact for access to buildings. It remains critically important that individuals who are not feeling well or have COVID-19 symptoms stay home.

Need an ID card
We encourage you to have your ID card with you when visiting campus. Beginning on June 5th access to campus buildings will be by card access for employees and students. If you need an ID card, you can obtain one in person or by mail from the library. Visit the library during open hours 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday

To get an ID card in person (effective May 17): Library and Learning Center- Second floor. You will be asked to show a valid, government-issued photo ID (for example, a driver’s license or passport). We will take your photograph and print your ID in a few minutes.

To get an ID sent in the mail, please send an email to library.circulation@metrostate.edu with:

  • A clear, color photo of yourself
  • A picture or scan of your Minnesota driver’s license or equivalent
  • Your 8-digit student ID number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number
  • Your mailing address

Your ID will be mailed to the address provided. Please allow 7 to 10 days for processing and mailing. The replacement fee for a lost ID card is currently being waived.

Change in our Return To Campus Timing for Employees
After additional discussion with planning teams and the university steering team, the university administration has decided to adjust the timeline for employees returning to in campus work from July 5 to Aug. 2. Additional work is ongoing with university administration on telework and identifying positions that are able to perform work remotely in a hybrid model. We don’t expect a big increase in the number of students on campus for summer semester with the majority of courses held remotely. An early August time frame for increased employee presence on campus will allow us to get ready for fall semester start when 25% of our classes will resume in person.

Vaccinations
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.