Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - July 24

Colleagues:

With the President’s announcement of the coming vaccination survey, we want to encourage everyone to fill out the survey when it is released and to get vaccinated if you haven’t already. MSU is still offering free vaccines by making an appointment with the MSU Health Care Pharmacy. To schedule an appointment, visit MSU Health Care Pharmacy's website.

I hope you each enjoy another beautiful Michigan summer weekend.

Key updates:

  • Tuesday, The state of Michigan held a town hall for the state’s Gen-Z population to help answer questions on the COVID-19 vaccine. Recent Spartan graduate, Ally Telfor, joined the panel. We encourage your units and departments to share the recording of the town hall in future communications to students.
  • Thursday, President Stanley sent a letter to the MSU community announcing a survey on vaccination status to be completed by August 6th. Students’ participation is mandatory and we strongly encourage staff and faculty participation as well. Read more here.   The survey will be distributed mid-next week.

Spartan stories:

  • William Schmidt, a University Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Curriculum Policy in the College of Education, discusses how the pandemic has affected children’s learning. Read more.
  • Two MSU labs have received $6 million in state funding to continue COVID-19 monitoring in wastewater. Joan Rose’s Water Quality and Environmental Microbiology Laboratory and Irene Xagoraraki’s Environmental Virology Laboratory each received funding.  Read more about their efforts here.
  • College of Nursing Dean Randy Rasch shared with USA Today how the epidemic has impacted the desire for many to go into nursing. USA Today – America Reopened

Nursing the future (story begins on pg. 64). “The pandemic has been a call to action.”

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.

Best,

Emily