Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - April 9

 

Colleagues: 

It seems like a mixed emotions week – with both news of high virus rates and hospitalizations continuing to spread across our region and state but also increased availability to get the vaccine on our campus. The fact that vaccines are now available to all adults 16 years of age across our entire state is welcome news. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge and thank the Ingham County Health Department and the state of Michigan for providing MSU with vaccines to administer to our students…..and all of the help and support from many of you in that effort and all of our efforts to maintain a healthy and safe campus for all who come here. THANK YOU!

Important updates

  • Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is available to those aged 16 and older, President Stanley, Monday informed students that they are now eligible to receive their shot, encouraging them to register for an appointment wherever they are located.
  • Also on Monday, the Ingham County Health Department strongly recommended local schools participate in virtual learning for grades 6-12 during the week of April 12 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Although this pause is not mandatory, it is encouraged that it paired with rapid testing for students who traveled during spring break.  
  • On Wednesday, it was announced that MSU will begin administering Johnson & Johnson vaccines to students 18 and older Friday at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education. This effort would not be possible without the help and support of the Ingham County Health Department and the state of Michigan — and we are incredibly grateful for their assistance in this effort. Today was the first day of administering doses to students, and more than 550 were given out. MSU also has asked the state for vaccines to administer to our faculty and staff, and we are prepared to do so if given the opportunity. In the meantime, you can register at several locations throughout the state. A list of vaccine providers is available on the Together We Will website
  • Also Wednesday, it was also shared that research from the National Social Norms Center at MSU that showed more than 80% of MSU undergraduate and graduate students plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to them. Read more about those research findings here.
  • Friday, the state of Michigan announced recommendations to help curb the rise of COVID-19 cases. While not mandatory, the state is asking residents to voluntarily pause indoor dining, indoor social gatherings, and high school and youth sports. A copy of the state’s announcement is attached.

Spartan stories

  • MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research team held a town hall meeting on Wednesday about what life will look like for K-12 education and learning post-pandemic. Watch the virtual forum here.
  • MSU Football Coach Mel Tucker joined leaders from Sparrow Hospital and Ingham County Health Department in a public service announcement on the COVID-19 vaccine. 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. Attached is an updated 800 script for you and your units to use when responding to callers or those who have questions about MSU’s response to COVID-19. Also attached is a list of frequently asked questions about the student vaccination clinic happening at the Pavilion. 

 

Best,

Emily