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July 29, 2021 MetroSafe Update

Posted Friday, July 30, 2021 | Announcements to Employees

Free COVID-19 vaccination clinic Monday, Aug. 2, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Metropolitan State University is hosting a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic staffed by the Minnesota Department of Health. Vaccines are available to the Metropolitan State community and general public. Doses will be administered 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Aug. 2 at the Dayton's Bluff campus. Information and registration link here »

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.
International students are eligible for vaccination through the State of Minnesota by using their Minnesota address.

COVID-19 campus exposure update
For the week of July 21–July 27, 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 7/21/2021 - 7/27/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 7/27/2021

Case Number/ Total Reports—0 / 388

Negative—0 / 91

Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 0

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—1 / 297

Contagious while on campus—0 / 22

Not Contagious or Not on Campus—1 / 275

Recovered (Isolation has ended)—0 / 293

Employees—Week of 7/21/2021 - 7/27/2021 / Total from 08/24/2020 - 7/27/2021

Case Number/ Total Reports—0 / 26

Negative—0 / 0

Unknown/ Unconfirmed—0 / 1

Positive (Reported to System Dashboard)—0 / 19

Contagious while on campus—0 / 2

Not Contagious or Not on Campus—0 / 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.

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.

Saint Paul Campus office door access
As employees return to work in person in August, please be aware of office door locking/unlocking practices. Employees will be able to access and unlock office suite doors by using your employee ID card. A single tap of the card near the card reader will unlock the door temporarily and relock.

To unlock the office suite door when open for customer support you can double tap your ID card on the card reader. This will unlock the door for the day.

To relock the office suite when leaving double tap you ID card on the card reader. The LED light on the card readers should be red when the door is locked and green when the door is unlocked.

Employee ID cards have office and department specific access setup in the card access database. In the past we have used automatic unlock schedules for some spaces. We would like to maintain security in our office areas as we transition back to campus. Please contact security staff at 651-793-1717 if you have problems with your access card.

Need an ID? Information about acquiring an ID card can be found on the library’s website.

Six-foot distancing floor plan layouts
Floor plan layouts are available on the S-drive for the Saint Paul, Midway, Minneapolis College and LECJEC locations. The floor plan layouts provide a visual reference with six-foot circles to show distancing in specific spaces. The visual diagrams are a reference tool and based on reference drawings. They may not be an exact replication of the space. They were sent to supervisors to use for planning and safety as we transition work back on campus. Floor plans can be found on the S-drive at: S:\Metro\Campus Operations\6 ft Distancing Plans\Social Distance Floor Plans _7.1.21

Hand Hygiene
Metro State is encouraging all employees, students, and visitors to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and water. Hand washing is preferred whenever possible, and before eating or taking breaks.

We are providing departments and high traffic locations with hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizers will be accessible in each department as common shared supply. Be aware that excessive use of hand sanitizers can cause skin irritation.

Planning internal meetings for fall
If you are planning a department internal meeting, please submit your request as normal through the virtual event management system in the service portal. Events/meetings with 25 or more participants will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. A written safety plan may be required. Please allow two weeks advance notice to review and coordinate larger meetings/events requests. Due to limited capacity, we cannot approve full day reservations for department classroom space requests until final class room reservations are complete.

Return to Campus Planning
Campus Operations staff are installing acrylic barrier screens, floor decals and capacity signs this week as we prepare for fall semester. We should have all acrylic screens installed by next week.