Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - June 4

Colleagues:

Leaders continue to make plans for a safe and phased-in return to campus and we hope to share more information with you in the coming days and weeks on our progress. Additionally, we will be sharing with you early next week updates as it relates to the Michigan Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s updated emergency orders and their impact on our campus. Until then, I hope everyone has a warm and relaxing weekend.

Here is a recap of COVID-19 related communications from last week and this week.  

Important Updates:

  • Last Monday, May 24, the state of Michigan announced revisions to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration emergency rules regarding the pandemic. MSU leadership is reviewing these rules to determine their impact on campus and appropriate steps to bring the university’s COVID-19 safety practices in line with state orders. Read more about the state’s updates here.
  • Wednesday, University Physician David Weismantel and Lt. Dave Oslund shared that the mass vaccination clinic at the MSU Pavilion will close on Tuesday, June 8, as vaccine providers across the state transition to more individualized, targeted vaccination efforts. MSU will continue to offer vaccinations through the MSU Pharmacy on Hagadorn Road. Read more here.
  • Also Wednesday, the federal government announced its COVID-19 College Vaccination Challenge to encourage student, faculty and staff vaccinations at more than 260 colleges and universities across the United States, MSU and several Michigan public universities are part of the challenge. Read more here.
  • Earlier today, MSU Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education Mark Largent sent a message to incoming freshman, first-year students and their families highlighting important reminders for the start of the fall semester. Read more here.

Spartan Stories:

  • Claudia Finkel­­stein, physician and associate professor of medicine at Michigan State, discusses tips for creating a healthy lifestyle as we begin to transition to a post-lockdown world. Read more here.  She also sat down with Russ White to talk about these tips on the MSUToday podcast.  Listen here.
  • MSU Museum’s virtual exhibit “Beyond the Black Panther: Visions of Afrofuturism in American Comics” has been added to the digital project’s directory of the National Council on Public History. To visit the virtual exhibit, click here. Also, next week is #MuseumWeek2021; Join the MSU Museum and museums around the world in celebrating #MuseumWeek 2021 from June 7 -13. Follow the MSU Museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for features related to the themes. Read More

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. 

Best,

Emily