Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - April 3

Colleagues,

In typical Michigan fashion, Mother Nature gave us a good prank with snow on April Fool’s Day. But the weather forecast is for more spring-like temperatures this weekend ushering in the most beautiful time of the year on campus. With COVID-19 vaccine eligibility opening up next week we are getting closer to a time when we can enjoy it together again.

 Important updates

  • Tuesday, President Stanley announced the second wave of COVID-relief funding that is available to MSU students in need of financial assistance as a result of the pandemic. About $15 million will be awarded to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants to cover costs including tuition, food, housing and health care.
  • On Wednesday, RHS sent a reminder to students to participate in contact tracing and letting them know health departments are now able to text those who have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The Governor announced that due to recent federal changes, more college students with demonstrated financial need are now temporarily eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known in Michigan as the Food Assistance Program (FAP).
  • As a reminder, MSU has launched its Remote Work Initiative, which aims to provide guidance and recommendations to the university surrounding the switch from remote to onsite/in person work.
  • The Ingham County Health Department urged the community to take COVID-19 precautions during and after spring break. For any MSU faculty and staff who might be traveling with their families the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is offering rapid testing Sunday, April 11, and Wednesday, April 14 in Ingham County. This event is drive-thru testing and results will be available in 15-30 minutes. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Additional sites around the state are available beginning April 3.
  • Animated digital stickers about Spartans getting the COVID-19 vaccine are now available in Instagram Stories by searching for Spartans Will.

 Spartan stories

 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