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Campus COVID-19 Status Updates

On August 19, 2020 the Minnesota Department of Health recommended that colleges and universities should start their fall 2020 semester in YELLOW status. The actions listed in the YELLOW status level are already being implemented.

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 September 24, 2020


Current Student Cases
over a 14-day period

33

Total Students with Active Cases**

16

Quarantine or Isolation Beds Occupied

3 of 85


K-12 Indicators
over a 14-Day Period from the latest MDH documents:

29.03


*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 September 24. 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 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
  • Isolation and quarantine rooms are > 75 % full
  • > 10% of employees in isolation
  • 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
  • Cancel all extracurricular activities
  • Consider scaling back in-person student support services
  • Consider cancelling specific class sections or campus events, moving them remotely
  • Imposing a curfew
  • Moving to grab and go options for dining
  • 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

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
  • Cancel all on campus events
  • Shift to remote only operations
  • 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 with limited hours

Last Modified: 9/24/20 11:46 AM