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Campus COVID-19 Status Updates

Effective November 20, 2020, in accordance with Executive Order 20-99, Higher Education Institutions are required to move to decision-making level red for the next four weeks. This is due to conditions across the state and in our local community.

Minnesota State COVID-19 Dashboard

Minnesota State has developed a dashboard for reporting COVID-19 case data impacting the colleges and universities and the system office. The dashboard will serve as a tool to inform campus communities and aid decision-making stemming from changes in COVID-19 cases and changes in community spread.

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SMSU Statistics

As of November 19, 2020


Total Current Student Cases
over a 14-day period

30

Total Students with Active Cases**
both on & off campus

9

Quarantine or Isolation Beds Occupied

6 of 85


Total Current Cases of Students who have been on campus
over a 14-day period

13

Total Students with Active Cases**
who may have been on Campus

2


* Data may not be comprehensive or in real-time due to testing and reporting delays and are subject to change. Campus numbers are updated on a weekly basis.
**Active cases are those with isolation dates past November 19. Please note the students must also be without a fever for 24 hours and symptoms must have improved to end isolation so “Active” cases for this statistic is based only on dates.

GREEN: TRANSMISSION LEVELS SEEN AS MANAGABLE

Indicators:

  • Contacts of positive cases can be identified at the time of Interview
  • Isolation and quarantine beds < 50% full
  • K-12 indicators < 10 cases per 14-day period

Campus Actions:

  • Follow Campus Preparedness Plan
  • Implemented physical distancing, face coverings, other preventative measures as recommended by CDC and MDH
  • Event capacity will be held to CDC/MDH levels or less

YELLOW: TRANSMISSION LEVELS ARE BEGINNING TO TAX CAMPUS RESOURCES

Indicators:

  • Infections continue increasing over 14-day period in Lyon County
  • > 1% of campus students infected within 14-day period
  • > 5% of campus cases have unknown links to another case over 7 day period
  • 50-75% of isolation and quarantine beds are full
  • Routine testing capacity starting to be a concern
  • < 14 days PPE remaining
  • > 5% of employees in isolation
  • K-12 indicators 10-30 cases per 10,000 over a 14-day period

Campus Actions:

  • If two or more of the above indicators are met, the University President will consult with the Chancellor and University Administration will consider implementing the following mitigation efforts
  • Extra mitigation efforts such as canceling campus events and limiting social gatherings of larger groups of students
  • Reinforcing health etiquette expectations
  • Operating classrooms at partial capacity to allow for safe physical distancing
  • Additional actions as recommended by MDH guidance

ORANGE: TRANSMISSION LEVELS HAVE FURTHER DEPLETED OR EXHAUSTED INSTITUTIONAL RESOURCES

Indicators:

  • > 3% of campus students infected within a 14 day period, considering where spread is occurring (>50)
  • Isolation and quarantine rooms are > 75 % full (> 63 beds)
  • > 10% of employees in isolation (>44)
  • Number of infections continue to increase over the two weeks after the Yellow mitigation efforts have been put into place
  • K-12 indicators show that there are > 30 cases per 10,000 over a 14-day period

Campus Actions:

  • If two or more of the above indicators are met, the University President will consult with the Chancellor and University Administration will consider implementing the following mitigation efforts
  • Consider scaling back in-person student support services
  • Cancel all extracurricular activities for at least two weeks.
  • Consider canceling all in-person classes for two weeks, or cancel in-person classes for one week and then allow classes that can maintain 6-foot social distancing back in session only if improvement is seen in student and staff buy-in to social distancing, wearing face coverings, and other related behaviors.
  • Restrict outside access to dorms and residence halls.
  • Continue to promote grab-and-go options for dining.
  • Keep dining halls open so students do not gather elsewhere, but reduce the number of people that can sit at a table to two.
    • Ensure social distancing of 6 feet or greater in all other arrangements.
  • Increasing frequency of cleaning and disinfecting on campus
  • Additional actions as recommended by MDH

RED: TRANSMISSION LEVELS HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY DEPELETED INSTITUTIONAL RESOURCES

Indicators:

  • Additional mitigation efforts do not improve indicators over a 14 day period then

Campus Actions:

  • If two or more of the above indicators are met, the University President will consult with the Chancellor and University Administration will consider implementing the following mitigation efforts
  • Implement a campus wide “lay low” period and direct students to stay at home and limit movement to attend courses when needed, study areas, work, or other essential services like healthcare, mental health, food service take out/pick up.
  • Extracurricular activities/clubs/organizations should be significantly scaled back in terms of attendance, frequency of meeting, and moved to virtual wherever possible. Consider postponing or cancelling where feasible.
  • To the extent possible move classes that cannot adhere to 6-foot social distancing to online only.
  • If classes that cannot adhere to social distancing must still be in-session, seating assignments or partners must be assigned to reduce exposures and facilitate contact tracing should a student become ill.
  • To the extent possible cancel or postpone all in-person group music, choir, or theatre rehearsals or performances, unless social distancing and masking requirements can be strictly adhered to.
    • In person spectators are not allowed, consider using virtual methods to broadcast performances.
  • One on one music and voice lessons can continue, but virtual options should replace in-person to the maximum extent possible. Review other classroom requirements in Guidance for Mitigating COVID-19 at Higher Education Institutions
  • Gyms, fitness facilities, and weight rooms must be closed for general use by the public, students, staff, and faculty.
    • These facilities may only remain open for courses/classes that cannot be moved online, or for those participating in intercollegiate sports and following extra precautions as listed below.
  • Residence Halls would remain open for students who do not have another place to move to, dining services will remain open for these students
  • Health Services, Student Center, Dining Services, Residence Life, Center for International Studies, Library and Technology Resource Centers would remain open.

Last Modified: 11/20/20 4:15 PM