Dashboard: COVID-19 Alert Levels

Updated November 21, 2020

Current status: Augsburg adjusts operations to align with November 18 executive order from Minnesota Governor Walz

For the week ending November 21, Augsburg’s 14-day on-campus student COVID-19 transmission rate remained in the moderate range at 2.01%. It is typical to have additional positive test results confirmed after the dashboard is published, so the case rate for the week will very likely increase. An additional 10 COVID-19 cases were confirmed for the week ending November 14 after last week’s dashboard was published, bringing that week’s transmission rate to 2.96%, which is one case away from high transmission.

Transmission rates in Hennepin and Ramsey counties also increased substantially—from 50 cases per 10,000 population for each county to about 90 cases per 10,000 population for the week ending November 7.

Due to high rates of transmission across the state, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced a new executive order on November 18, limiting social gatherings, indoor service at bars and restaurants, youth and adult athletics, fitness centers, and other indoor entertainment. In conjunction with this executive order, the Minnesota Department of Health has required all colleges and universities—irrespective of their on-campus transmission rates—to comply with Scenario 4 (sustained transmission levels) from November 20 through December 18. Scenario 4 recommendations and requirements are published, beginning on page 10, in MDH’s Recommendations for Different Levels of COVID-19 Transmission Among Higher Education Institutions.

Current metrics (as of November 21 except where noted):

Metric Status
Cases within the on-campus community New confirmed cases this week:
1 employees
8 on-campus students

On-campus student cases over 14 days = 2.01%

Cumulative total confirmed cases for Fall 2020:
10 employees
116 students

Case management Cases with unknown links
% of isolation beds full 20%
Test and PPE Good
14-day case rate per 10,000
(For the week of November 1 – 7)
90.37 Hennepin County
87.50 Ramsey County
Change in 7-day case rate per 10,000
(For the week of November 1 – 7)
+26.1 Hennepin County
+24.7 Ramsey County

Notes:

  • Due to standard delays in receiving and confirming case reports, recent data in this report may be incomplete.
  • As a result of positive test results confirmed after the November 14 dashboard was published, the number of confirmed on-campus student cases for the week of November 8 – 14 was increased to 24 from 14 and the number of confirmed on-campus student cases for the week of November 1 – 7 was increased to 23 from 21. Two additional employee cases were confirmed for the week of November 8 – 14 after the previous dashboard was published. The additional employee and student cases have been added to the cumulative totals for Fall 2020, and the 14-day on-campus student case percentages for the relevant weeks have been updated on Augsburg’s COVID-19 report by week.
  • The total student number used for the percent of on-campus student cases is 1,589, which represents the number of students who live on campus, have a course that meets in-person and/or were on campus during the infectious period.

Key: COVID-19 Transmission Level Metrics

Transmission Level Cases on campus Case management % of isolation beds full Test and PPE 14-day case rate per 10,000 Change in 7-day case rate per 10,000
Low <1% over 14 days Contacts identifiable < 50% Good < 10 7-day case rate steady or declining
Moderate 1% – 3% over 14 days 5%+ of cases with unknown links 50% – 75% Test result delays; less than 10 day PPE 10 – 30 7-day case rate increasing
High 3%+ over 14 days Student/employee non-compliance 75% + Continued issues with testing or PPE 30+ Continued local case increases
Sustained No improvement over 2-week period following implementation of High Transmission Level mitigation efforts