Campus Status Update

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 within our campus and additional locations. Achieving this goal requires full cooperation among students, employees, and members of our campus community. Only through a cooperative effort, can we establish and maintain the safety and health of our University.


Current Safety Level: Yellow

Last Updated: September 16, 2020

NOTE: On August 19, 2020, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommended that colleges and universities should start their fall 2020 semester in yellow status.

Yellow status triggers the kinds of safety measures we have already taken on our campus:

  • Required face coverings
  • Enforced social distancing in classrooms and encouraged throughout campus
  • Required daily screenings for all students, employees and visitors
  • Mixed in-person, FlexSync, and online course delivery
  • Limited on-campus events


Data by Campus, Community and Minnesota State System Office

Campus Data

NOTE: Previously, we were asked by MDH and the Minnesota State System Office to report active student cases and active student cases with campus contact based on a two-week window. This week, System Office guidance has changed our reporting window to a one-week tally. This week’s reporting reflects that change and synchronizes our reporting with the Minnesota State System Office Dashboard.

Community Data (last updated September 18, 2020)

  • Total Cases in Blue Earth/Nicollet Counties: 2,051
  • Community Cases per 10,000 Population: 57

Glossary of Terms

Active Student Cases: Students with self-reported and MDH confirmed positive tests over the last seven days ending on the reporting date. (Source: Minnesota Department of Health)

Active Student Cases with Campus Contact: Students with self-reported and MDH confirmed positive tests and reported contact with people on campus over the last seven days ending on the reporting date. (Source: Minnesota Department of Health)

Cases in Blue Earth and Nicollet counties: Combined data for total active cases since the beginning of the Pandemic. Source: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html#map1

Community Cases per 10,000 population: A measure used to guide the mode of delivery for public P-12 schools. Source: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/stats/wschool.pdf

COVID-19 Safety Level: Determined by Minnesota State Mankato Cabinet in consultation with the MDH and System Office and based on a review of key indicators and mitigation efforts. A review of included factors is included in this document: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/iherecs.pdf

Quarantine/Isolation Beds Occupied on Campus: The number of students occupying any of the 97 residence hall beds for quarantine/isolation set aside on campus. (Source: Local count)

Students in Isolation/Quarantine on Campus: Includes students in dedicated quarantine/isolation beds plus those in quarantine/isolation in their own residence hall rooms. (Source: Local count)