Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - Jan. 23

Colleagues:

This week resumed classes in online formats for all undergraduate students. The state announced that cases in Michigan continue to decline, but as our leaders continue to remind us, we are not out of the woods yet and must continue taking action and reminding our community that preventative measures work and will continue to keep us safe.

Among the important communications this week were:

  • The state of Michigan’s announcement Tuesday of Michigan’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan to strengthen Michigan’s economy and help end the pandemic. The plan includes vital support for small businesses, educators, students and support staff as well as more funding for vaccines.
  • President Biden’s series of executive orders geared toward addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, which included among other things, a national mask mandate requiring masks and physical distancing on federal lands and by federal employees and contractors.
  • A message from Associate Provost Mark Largent to students with in-person classes informing them of what they need to do before coming to campus to follow MSU’s COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • A reminder from Senior Vice President Vennie Gore to students living on campus of the expectations of them to remain on campus this spring, including following all applicable health and safety directives from the university.  A copy of that message is attached to this email. 
  • The state of Michigan’s announcement that indoor dining may resume Feb. 1, as well as concessions and personal services — all with added health and safety measures.

Here are some of our Spartan stories from this week:

  • MSU’s Peter Gulick weighs in on the effectiveness of using zinc to protect against COVID-19 in a Pop Sugar article.
  • Wednesday and Thursday, students from Graduate Epidemiologists and Biostatisticians at Michigan State collaborated with the American Red Cross to hold a blood and convalescent plasma drive to combat the shortage of blood products brought about by COVID-19.
  • College of Nursing Dean Randy Rasch joined other leaders in Michigan in a town hall to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations in minority communities. FOX 47 highlighted the town hall here.

I also want to take a moment to personally recognize all of the great MSU partners helping Ingham County Health Department with its COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Pavilion, including team members of IPF, MSU Health Care Inc., MSUPD, EHS, MSU Land Management. On social media and in various meetings around campus, we’ve heard nothing but positive feedback of how this clinic is going and it is, in part, due to your partnership and dedication. THANK YOU!

As always, please continue to check our Together We Will website for the latest information on our response to the pandemic, and MISpartan Impact for stories on partnerships and collaborations across the state. FAQs for our spring semester are attached to help with questions your unit or area might be receiving. If your office has frequently asked questions your teams are receiving, we want to help incorporate those into our script as well. Please email those questions and your respective answers to Jackie Fondren (fondren@msu.edu).

Emily Gerkin Guerrant
Vice President and Spokesperson