Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - June 25

Colleagues:

This week, as many of you are aware, many of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions were either lifted or largely reduced. More importantly, COVID-19 cases continue to remain at all-time lows in the state and across the country. Please know that the university will soon be sharing information with the campus community on how the lifting of these statewide rules impacts our COVID-19 health and safety directives on campus as well as our plans for the fall semester.  Until that time, we ask that those working remotely continue doing so unless otherwise directed by unit leaders. We also ask that you to continue following current university health and safety directives until we are able to share more information with you early next week.

Important updates:

  • On June 15, the university recognized the successful community partnership that delivered more than 96,000 vaccines through the MSU Pavilion this spring. Read more here.
  • On Friday, June 18, MSU’s Covid-19 testing site at Spartan Stadium closed. The team at MSU Health Care is transitioning much of its resources to focus on vaccination efforts within the community. Read more about the site’s success.
  • Tuesday, the state’s COVID-19 mask and gathering order was fully lifted. Read more.
  • Also Tuesday, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration updated its COVID-19 emergency orders to be more in line with federal OSHA rules. Read more.
  • Today, the College of Music announced it will return performances to the stage in its ‘Live Again’ series for 2021-2022.  Read more about the performances here.

Spartan Stories:

  • Assistant professor Young Anna Argyris, in the College of Communications Arts and Sciences, sheds light on the data and social media influences behind vaccine hesitancy. Read more here.
  • Following the closure of the drive-thru clinic at the MSU pavilion, we reflect on the success of the program as well as the individuals who worked so hard to make the drive-thru clinic possible. Read more here.
  • Aron Sousa, interim dean of MSU’s College of Human Medicine, and Birgit Puschner, dean of MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, answer questions about COVID-19 and vaccines. Read more here.

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

Happy belated Father’s Day to all our Spartan dads!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Best,

Emily