Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - Feb. 6

Colleagues:

Each week we provide these updates to keep you informed about the latest and most important communications from throughout the week related to COVID-19. We also add in some of the inspiring stories from around campus of contributions from Spartans near and far working to combat COVID-19. It’s hard to believe we’ve been at this almost a year now. I sincerely hope these continue to be helpful for each of you. And, as always, if you have content related to MSU’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please continue to share those for inclusion in this weekly update.

I hope you’re able to enjoy some of the winter weather and a little (and safe) Super Bowl fun this weekend. 

Important updates

  • As mentioned in last week's rollup, the City of East Lansing renewed its emergency ordinance, which requires compliance with current public health orders. Please see and share the attached infographics from the city, which gives clear visuals of the ordinance’s rules.
  • Thursday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated its current pandemic order, which now allows K-12 contact sports to resume as of Feb. 8 if masks are worn during practices and competition. If masks cannot be worn, athletes must be tested regularly for COVID-19. This order will be in effect until March 29.
  • Also Thursday, Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning and Technology Jeff Grabill shared information on how educators can participate in Mid-Semester Course Feedback with the goal of gaining insight on the course experience and provide useful feedback so faculty can adjust the course, if necessary, based on helpful insights from students. The message sent to faculty is attached (Mid-Semester Course Feedback).
  • Friday, the Lansing State Journal highlighted the community partnership to help operate Ingham County Health Department’s mass vaccination clinic at the MSU Pavilion. As a reminder, the university is providing space and resources to the health department to operate the clinic but does not decide who can be vaccinated and at what time they can receive the vaccine. To learn more about the process or who is eligible, visit the health department’s website.

Spartan stories

  • MSU linguistics professors Betsey Sneller and Suzanne Wagner are highlighted in a Fox 47 article for their project, MI Diaries. The pair centered this ongoing project on collecting and sharing anonymous audio diaries from Michiganders, where they detail how their lives have changed since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • MSU Alumna Addyson Ives is part of the biological operations team for Pfizer. She and her unit are on the front lines, manufacturing the COVID-19 vaccine. See her story here.
  • MSU Packaging Alumna is part of a team developing COVID-19 theraputics and vaccines — something she didn’t imagine happening within the first year of her career. Read her story 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. The 800 script is attached for your reference and I am re-attaching this week the FAQs for the enhanced-physical-distance directive are attached to help your teams respond to questions from students, parents and others. 

Emily Gerkin Guerrant
Vice President and Spokesperson