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: Orange

Last Updated: November 25, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution and due to new recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health in regard to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-99 (EO) on Nov. 18, we are moving our current safety level to Orange.  The applicability of the safety color levels is determined by the President’s Cabinet and is based on factors contained in this guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health along with advice from campus and local public health officials.

Orange status triggers the kinds of safety measures we have already taken on our campus, in addition to the following:

  • Face coverings are required indoors and encouraged outdoors
  • FlexSync courses will transition to remote delivery and eliminate in-person classmeetings
  • Access to on-campus housing is limited to residents only
  • Campus Recreation facilities are closed
  • Theatre and Music performances and rehearsals are postponed or cancelled
  • Many in-person campus events are postponed or cancelled


Data by Campus, Community and Minnesota State System Office

Campus Data

Total Employees with Active Cases (last updated 11/25/20): 1

Minnesota State System Office Dashboard

Community Data

  • Total Cases in Blue Earth/Nicollet Counties (last updated 11/25/20): 5,367
  • Community Cases per 10,000 Population (last updated 11/19/20): 109

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. Updated daily at 11am with data current as of 4 pm the previous day. 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. Updated every Thursday. 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)