Sept. 3: Important COVID-19 safety information

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,  

It’s been an exciting start to our new academic year. As we all settle into our new routines, enjoying our first few days of the fall semester, I want to share an update with you and underscore the importance of taking all appropriate safety precautions to protect yourselves, your friends and colleagues as well as our greater East Lansing community.  

I am pleased by the number of individuals who have indicated they are fully vaccinated or have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination and are on their way to becoming fully vaccinated over the next few weeks. To date, we’ve received nearly 60,000 responses to our COVID-19 vaccine verification form, with 95% of students, faculty and staff indicating they are either fully vaccinated (88%) or received the first of a two-dose vaccination regimen (7%).  

We are working each day to follow up with those who have not yet completed their form as required by our COVID-19 directives. We also are updating our COVID-19 dashboard with related information and hope to have it available next week for our campus community and the public.  

We knew leading up to the fall semester our vaccination and indoor face covering requirements would be critical in reducing transmission on our campus and hospitalization rates locally. But we also recognized, given the highly contagious delta variant, that we should expect to experience COVID-19 cases within our Spartan community.  

Now, as we complete our first week with students, faculty, and staff returning, we have identified cases on campus through our Early Detection Program and other means. We are not alone, as cases are being experienced at several of our peer institutions and within communities across Michigan and the nation.  

Those who may have been close contacts of a positive case for the coronavirus already have been contacted in accordance with MSU’s contact tracing process. I encourage you to read this contact tracing information and educate yourself on what to expect should you be contacted in the future.  

These recent cases underscore the importance of the preventive measures in place to protect our Spartan community and that we must remain vigilant in complying with them during this challenging time. 

As we enter the holiday weekend, we all need to take the following precautions:  

  • Wear a face covering indoors and in crowded areas. 
  • Wash your hands frequently. 
  • Avoid large indoor gatherings. 
  • Get tested if you’ve been exposed or have symptoms of COVID-19, even if vaccinated. 
  • For anyone who is not yet vaccinated, please do so at your earliest opportunity. It is required if you do not have an approved exemption.  

Our continued success this fall depends on each of us doing our part to keep our campus community safe. I know we all have enjoyed being together in person these past few days and we all wish to remain so throughout the academic year.  

Let’s come together and keep each other safe. 

Sincerely,  

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. (he/him

President