Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - Feb. 20

Colleagues,

You can certainly tell winter is still here. And with the devastating winter storms impacting our southern states, I know we are all thinking about and reaching out to our loved ones who may be impacted.  The heavy snow in mid-Michigan this week also impacted vaccine appointments at the MSU Pavilion and local health officials are reminding those who have appointments to call ahead to confirm appointment times haven’t been altered.

This week was a little lighter on coronavirus messaging, but there were still some important highlights you should know about. Those are detailed below.

Important Updates

  • The annual MSU versus University of Michigan Winter Blood Battle has begun with an added importance as COVID-19 has caused a shortage in blood products. There will be on- and off-campus donation opportunities next week. Please click the link above for dates, times and locations.
  • Thursday, more than 1,000 employees tuned in live for MSU’s town hall on the COVID-19 vaccines and heard from experts about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine and the distribution process locally and through the state. If you missed the town hall, be sure to watch the recording of it. University Communications is planning a follow up video next week to answer more of the questions submitted during the town hall, so please watch for additional information coming soon.
  • Friday, the university updated its enhanced physical distancing directive to allow for two-person activities in IM west and Main lounges, bike rooms, and the reflection room in Butterfield Hall were also allowed to reopen. You can read the full letter here from SVP Vennie Gore and University Physician Dr. David Weismantel.
  • In his monthly community letter on Friday, President Stanley announced the university is making every possible effort to plan smaller in-person graduation ceremonies that are consistent with state and local health department guidelines.
  • The Early Detection Program is adding Friday as a weekly sample day, starting next Friday, Feb. 26.  If you are participating in the program and would like to change your weekly sample day to Friday, please go to registration form and update your day.  Also, please share this information with any students who are participating in the program as well.
  • Provost Teresa Woodruff sent out a letter to faculty on Friday that outlined many important updates, reminders and support tools for the Spring Semester.

Spartan Stories

  • MSU researcher Norbert Kaminski is featured in a Lansing State Journal article, explaining how he is working on developing a cannabis-based drug to fight COVID-19 lung inflammation.
  • Following the CDC’s recommendation of wearing multiple masks to better protect against COVID-19, MSU’s Peter Gulick weighs in on the new strains of the virus and the effectiveness of double-masking.
  • With the stress brought about by the pandemic, MSU’s Megan Mikhail is featured in a MSU Today article discussing how to keep stress from controlling eating habits.

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