Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - Oct. 23


This week, the COVID-19 testing and reporting dashboard was updated to provide users with the ability to see vaccination rates broken out by students and employees. You can segment the data using the dropdown menu in the top right corner of the vaccination rate section of the dashboard.

As we approach flu season, the university continues to encourage students, faculty and staff to get a flu vaccination. If you are in need of a flu vaccine, the university physician’s office has several vaccination clinic dates to choose from. You also can get a flu vaccine through the MSU pharmacy by scheduling an appointment.

As a reminder, the university’s fall break days will be observed Monday and Tuesday of next week and we hope this give our students and others a moment to rest and recharge.


Important updates:

  • Monday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services shared that the FDA has unanimously voted to approve the booster shot for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The university encourages those who qualify for a COVID-19 vaccine booster or a third dose to get one.  
  • Wednesday, President Stanley, Provost Woodruff, SVP Gore and University Physician David Weismantel joined students for a town hall to answer questions about MSU’s COVID-19 health and safety directives.
  • Thursday, University Communications shared flow charts to help employees and students understand what steps they should take in various scenarios related to COVID-19 exposures.

Spartan Stories:

  • A paper published by Furqan Irfan, assistant professor and director of research development in MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, highlights advancements in artificial intelligence that predicts mortality for COVID-19 patients based on data from the first 24 hours of hospital admission. Read more here.
  • New research from Michigan State University reveals how political partisanship influenced schools’ reopening plans amid the global pandemic. Read more here.
  • With the Delta variant’s spread and additional reports of SARS-CoV-2 infections in animals, Kimberly Dodd, director of the MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, revisits the topic of COVID-19 cases in animals and provides updates as new cases are discovered. 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.