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July 1, 2021 MetroSafe Update

Posted Friday, July 2, 2021 | Announcements to Employees

This week the university again has no new COVID-19 cases reported. New and active cases in the state are at the lowest since April 2020. More than 3 million Minnesotans age 12 and older have now received at least one vaccine dose. Roughly 67% of residents aged 16+ have received at least one dose of vaccine. This data and overall trends support medical and scientific communities messaging that vaccinations work to control the spread of COVID-19. It’s still important to get vaccinated to protect you from COVID-19. The virus will continue to spread and 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 23–June 29, Metropolitan State has reported 0 COVID-19 cases to the Minnesota State dashboard among individuals associated with our campus. The data reported is shown below:

Students—Week of 6/23/2021 - 6/29/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 6/29/2021

Case Number/ Total Reports—0 / 385

Negative—0 / 91

Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 0

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—0 / 294

Contagious while on campus—0 / 21

Not Contagious or Not on Campus—1 / 273

Recovered (Isolation has ended)—0 / 293

Employees—Week of 6/23/2021 - 6/29/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 6/29/2021

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.

On Campus vaccination clinic Monday, July 12
Metropolitan State University's is hosting a free vaccination clinic at the Saint Paul campus, offering the first dose on Monday, July 12, in New Main, Great Hall, from 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., with a second dose clinic on Monday, Aug. 2. The clinic is open to employees, students, and household members. We encourage you to register and attend the vaccination clinic for the Pfizer brand vaccination. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for everyone age 12 and up, and students’ children 12 and up are welcome too.

Walk-ins are welcome as well but registering will ensure adequate quantities of vaccine are ordered. Appointments are now available and can be made using this link. Select “Find Next Available Visit” to open the appointments for the July 12 clinic.

What you need to make a reservation:

  • You will need to confirm you first name, last name, and home address
  • You do NOT need to show an ID
  • You do NOT need to have medical insurance

General information regarding vaccinations can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health website. For more information on Metropolitan State's vaccination clinic, contact Health and Wellness Coordinator Rachael Mills.

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.

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.

Campus Access
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.