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Bemidji State University is at COVID Scenario 3-Orange

Beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2021, Bemidji State University will move to COVID 19 Scenario 3— Orange.

The university’s requirement to be at Scenario 4 — Deep Orange, which had been in place since December 8, 2020, expires on January 10. Under guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota State system, colleges and universities have the flexibility to update their COVID-19 scenarios based on local conditions.

All non-academic, in-person events and activities will continue to be delivered virtually until at least Monday, February 1.

Access to campus under Scenario 3—Orange will be as follows:

* Most buildings will be locked and accessible only via keycard.
* Employees and students will have access to campus buildings during normal business hours, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday;
* Students will have access to specific buildings after hours if academic coursework requires it; and
* Employees will continue to have 24-7 access to the building housing their office.

Tunnels on the academic side of campus are now open, as well. Students will also continue to have keycard access to the Decker Hall computer lab.

BSU academic buildings will continue to be closed to the public. The Gillett Wellness Center will have limited public access under guidance issued by Gov. Walz in Executive Order 21-01. Visit the Wellness Center’s website for up-to-date information on hours of service and building access.

Employees who need expanded building access and faculty who need to request expanded access on behalf of students in their programs should submit requests to the BSU Keyless Entry email address ( For example, student-athletes needing access to the Gillett Wellness Center or students needing access to Sattgast Hall or the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

The Hobson Memorial Union will be open between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on Sunday. It will be closed on Saturday. Both the upper and lower union buildings will be unlocked during these times, allowing access to ID card printing, the BSU Bookstore and the Bucky’s Pantry Food Shelf.

Bemidji State University expects to remain at COVID-19 Scenario 3—Orange until local conditions warrant a change.

BSU is committed to mitigating the spread of COVID-19 within our community. It is on each and every one of us to do our part to keep our campus community safe. We need for you to do what Beavers do best — look out for and care for each other.

Bemidji State University’s COVID-19 Status Level is determined by the President’s Cabinet, in collaboration with state and federal authorities, and is based on factors contained in guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health along with advice from campus and local public health officials.

Additional COVID-19 Resources

Bemidji State University Statistics

Bemidji State University submits weekly COVID-19 case data to the Minnesota State system. This report defines a “case” of COVID-19 as a person with a lab-confirmed for COVID-19 that has been verified by a Local Public Health entity, or a self-verified positive test, and has had contact with campus or lived within 60 miles of campus while infectious (a).

This system reporting data represents only a subset of the total positive cases that we are aware of among our employees and students. In order to provide as transparent and accurate a picture as possible of the COVID-19 conditions on campus, we are also sharing more inclusive data.

Minnesota State System Data

Updated: January 15, 2021 (updated weekly on Fridays)

New Active Cases This Week
(Jan. 7–13)
Total Positive Cases (b)



(a) Minnesota State defines a person who tests positive for COVID-19 as infectious two days prior to the onset of symptoms OR two days prior to the date the COVID-19 test was taken AND until the person’s isolation period is complete. A person’s isolation period is considered to be over when ALL THREE of the following factors are true: 1) person’s symptoms — cough, shortness of breath, etc. — improve and the person feels better; 2) at least 10 days have elapsed since the person first felt sick or noticed symptoms; AND 3) person has been fever-free for at least 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications.

(b) Minnesota State defines “Total Positive Cases” as cumulative cases beginning at the start of the Fall 2020 semester, which for its tracking purposes began on August 24, 2020.

Comprehensive BSU Campus Data

Updated: January 15, 2021

Active (Positive) Student Cases
On-Campus Quarantine Beds Occupied
On-Campus Students in Isolation




Positive Student Cases
w/ Campus Contact
Students in Quarantine, Off Campus
Students in Isolation, Off Campus




Active (Positive) Employee Cases
Employees in Quarantine
Employees in Isolation




Total Positive Cases, Employees (c)
Total Positive Cases, Students (c)
Total Positive Cases (c)




(c) Cumulative total since first positive case reported on July 7, 2020

Active cases data provided by the Minnesota Department of Health. Isolation and quarantine data refers to on-campus residents only. Minnesota State data is updated weekly; BSU cumulative numbers updated nightly on weekdays. Data may not be comprehensive or in real-time due to testing and reporting delays and are subject to change.

Beltrami County Statistics

Data Updated: January 15, 2021

Total Positive Cases
Total COVID Deaths
Active Cases
Cases per 10k Population (d)





(d) Data updated weekly on Thursdays. Last update: January 14, 2021, reporting two-week rolling data for the period of December 20-January 2. Source: “Data for K-12 Schools: 14-day COVID-19 Case Rate by County” —