Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - Aug. 14

Colleagues:

As we wrap up another busy week preparing for a successful and more typical fall semester, there are a few key updates from this week to keep in mind during your preparations — most notably, the requirement to complete your vaccination verification forms by Aug. 31.

As always, I hope you enjoy your weekend and get some time away to relax and recharge.

Important updates

  • University Communications continues to regularly update the frequently asked questions page on the Together We Will website to provide answers to commonly asked questions on MSU’s COVID-19 vaccine and mask requirements. Please continue to review that page for answers to any questions you may have and be sure to share it with others around campus.
  • Friday, MSU’s vaccination verification form as well as the COVID-19 vaccine exemptions forms were shared with the campus community. The deadline to complete these forms is Aug. 31. Read more.
  • Also Friday, it was announced that President Stanley will hold a recorded webcast to answer questions from faculty, staff and students about MSU’s preparations for the fall semester. Employees are encouraged to submit their questions using our online form. The webcast will be shared on the Together We Will website Tuesday, Aug. 24.
  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) on Friday announced updated recommendations for K-12 schools to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as schools prepare for the start of the new year, including masks indoors.  Read more here.  

Spartan Stories:

  • MSU researchers have received a one-year $6 million grant from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, with the hopes of closing the racial gap in health outcomes and COVID-19 vaccination rates in Michigan and in other states. Read more 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.

 

Best,

Emily