Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - Sept. 12

Colleagues:

It was exciting to see the first home win for MSU Football yesterday and I hope you were able to enjoy cheering on the Spartans wherever you felt most comfortable.

This week, University Communications – with the help and support of MSU IT – updated the COVID-19 testing and reporting dashboard on the Together We Will website. We know this information is important to our community and we will continue to update and improve it as the weeks and months continue. The updated dashboard now includes the number of individuals who have self-reported their vaccination status using the university’s vaccination verification form. To date, more than 60,200 individuals have completed their verification form and the university is actively working to ensure those who have not do so immediately.

Important updates:

  • The COVID-19 dashboard has been updated on the MSU Together We Will site, under testing and reporting. The dashboard includes useful information such as percentage of students, staff, and faculty who are vaccinated, the number of tests and positive cases concluded from the Early Detection Program, and the number of residents in quarantine or isolation housing.
  • Wednesday, notices of non-compliance with the university’s vaccination requirement were sent out, reminding non-compliant individuals they have 7 days to become in compliance or be referred to appropriate discipline processes.
  • Friday, the President, Provost, Executive Vice President Norm Beauchamp and University Physician Dave Weismantel sent a message to all faculty, academic staff and educators, responding to positive cases in our campus community and sharing additional information about measures to keep them safe in the classrooms.
  • Also Friday, Senior Vice President Vennie Gore and University Physician Dave Weismantel sent a message to the campus community providing students, faculty and staff with reminders on COVID-19 safety information, including reminders about what to do if you are directed to quarantine or isolate.
  • University Communications continues to add additional FAQs to the Together We Will website, including this week. Please be sure to continue checking it often if you have questions about MSU COVID-19 directives or MSU’s response to the pandemic.

Spartan Stories:

  • Natalie Moser, director of the MSU Psychological Clinic and the Gerson Mental Health Initiative at Michigan State University, shares several ways families and educators can help ease the transition back to in person learning for children. 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