Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - June 11

Colleagues:

This week, the university made updates to the community compact and our COVID-19 directives, bringing them more in line with state orders and federal guidance, allowing vaccinated individuals to enter buildings on campus or property governed by MSU without a mask. Be sure to review these updates and share them with your faculty and staff.  Additional guidance also was sent to unit leaders this week who are working on return to business locations plans for employees.

  • Tuesday, President Stanley updated the campus community on new COVID-19 directives. June 9,  fully vaccinated individuals (at least two weeks after final COVID-19 dose), could enter indoor spaces on campus or MSU property without wearing a facemask. Those who are not vaccinated or decline to answer the vaccination status question must continue wearing a mask and physically distancing from others.
  • Thursday, Following the President’s recent memo, the Office of Research and Innovation reiterated their COVID-19 safety expectations for active research teams.
  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Protect Michigan Commission have launched a new text message program to share COVID-19 vaccine information and encourage Michiganders to get vaccinated.

Spartan Stories:

  • Recent Michigan State graduate, Johnny McGraw, talks about adapting to the challenges that come with making a live event virtual and how these virtual events can be successful. Read more here.
  • Researchers at MSU have developed a new tool to smooth the collection of federal broadband access data that helps pinpoint coverage gaps across the country to close the digital divide and help Americans without internet who have struggled virtually during the pandemic. Read more here.

As always, please continue to check our Together We Will website for the latest information on our response to the pandemic. 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.

Enjoy the sunshine!

 

Best,

Emily