Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - Sept. 3

Colleagues,

As the president shared today, it’s been a wonderful start to the fall semester. While we enjoy being back in-person together, it is incredibly important we all continue to take precautionary measures – masking, getting vaccinated and avoiding large indoor gatherings – to protect each other and our community. While we’ve experienced a few cases on campus this week, we want to reassure our community this increase in cases is what we have prepared for. Our vaccination and face covering requirements, along with continued adherence to public health guidance will continue to be instrumental in mitigating spread of COVID-19 cases as well as hospitalizations.

As you observe the holiday weekend, please do so safely.

GO GREEN!

Important updates:

  • Today, President Stanley sent a message to all students, faculty and staff reminding them of why our COVID-19 health and safety directions are critically important to a successful fall semester and informed the campus community that the university has experienced its first cases of COVID-19 connected to MSU. A copy of that message is attached.  
  • Thursday, the Ingham County Health Department issued two emergency public health orders in order to help decrease the spread of COVID-19 – both of which impact local K-12 schools. Read more here.
  • Emergency Order Ingham2021-2: All Persons in Educational Settings, regardless of vaccination status, are required to consistently and properly wear a facial covering while inside any enclosed building or structure of an Educational Institution or vehicle of an Educational Institution.
  • Emergency Order Ingham2021-3: The Education Institutions and all Persons in Educational Settings must adhere to specific isolation and quarantine measures, following identification of close contacts, household exposures, or confirmed COVID-19 cases.
  • Wednesday, the university sent warning letters to those who failed to comply with the university’s vaccination requirement, providing them with steps to become in compliance or face discipline that may include expulsion or termination from the university. The university will continue to follow up with those out of compliance to gain their cooperation with MSU’s COVID-19 directives.
  • This week, MSU updated the Fall 2021 contact tracing protocols. Read more here.
  • Next week, the university will publish an updated dashboard with the vaccination rates for students, faculty and staff, as well as updated cases and testing information through the Early Detection Program, and updated on-campus quarantine and isolation housing information. We appreciate your patience as we work to get this information updated and available to our campus community and the public.

Spartan Stories:

  • Doctoral student, Brijen Miyani, discusses his work on concentrating viruses from water waste and how it relates to the fight against COVID-19. Read more here.
  • After making the difficult decision to close due to the pandemic, the MSU dairy store is now open with limited hours. 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.

Best,

Emily