Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - Jan. 30

Colleagues:

Following a rise in cases among our campus population after students returned for the spring semester, the university today took an important and necessary step to keep Spartans and our community safe. Leaders announced a two-week enhanced-physical-distance directive for students as part of MSU’s efforts to keep our campus community and neighbors safe. The directive takes effect at midnight tonight. A copy of the letter sent to students can be read here.   FAQs for the enhanced-physical-distance directive are attached to help your teams respond to questions from students and others. 

Other important communications from this week are highlighted below.

Important updates

  • With cases of the new COVID variant emerging in Michigan, President Stanley released a message urging the campus community to continue following COVID safety procedures to protect the community from COVID variants. At this time, a COVID variant has not been identified within our community. However, as the president mentioned earlier this week, public health experts expect the B.1.1.7 variant will be detected across the state in the coming weeks, including in our area.
  • Due to University of Michigan's current COVID preventative measures, several athletic events with MSU have been postponed.
  • This week, the city of East Lansing renewed its emergency ordinance, which requires compliance with public health orders. Those who violate the ordinance may receive a civil infraction and a $500 fine.
  • MSUToday published a story explaining the importance of MSU’s COVID-19 Early Detection Program and key updates to the program for the spring semester.

Spartan Stories

  • President Stanley co-authored a Detroit News opinion piece with the presidents from Wayne State University and the University of Michigan urging people to receive the COVID vaccine and explaining how it could end the pandemic.
  • MSU Associate Dean for Public Health Integration Dr. Debra Furr-Holden sat down with MSUToday for an Ask The Expert article on Medical distrust in Black Communities.
  • IPPSR held its January Policy Forum this week, inviting leaders in the medical field — including MSU’s Dr. Debra Furr-Holden — for a conversation on the COVID vaccine rollout. Re-watch it here.

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. 

Emily Gerkin Guerrant
Vice President and Spokesperson