Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - Dec. 4

Colleagues:

While COVID-19 cases across the state and locally have steadily increased, on campus cases have remained relatively stable. This underscores the importance of our COVID-19 health and safety directives which require masks in all indoor settings as well as our vaccination requirement – both of which will remain in place at the start of the spring semester.

Importantly, the university’s leadership team – along with the science community – is closely watching the development of the omicron variant. At this time, we are not adjusting our COVID-19 directives but the president and our medical experts are strongly encouraging all Spartans to get their boosters as soon as they are able.

Important updates

  • Monday, President Stanley informed employees the university would be requiring proof of vaccination in accordance with President Biden’s executive order.
  • Also Monday, University Communications promoted booster vaccinations for all Spartans on its social media channels, including how to find a booster near them.
  • Wednesday, University Communications, in collaboration with the Office for Global Health, Safety and Security, updated the travel page on the university’s Together We Will website to include the latest travel information Spartans should be aware of when traveling abroad. MSU continues to follow the CDC’s guidance on travel impacts.

Spartan Stories:

  • Maji Hailemariam Debena is a public health researcher and assistant professor in the Department of Gynecology and Reproductive Biology in the College of Human Medicine. Debena’s op-ed features her struggle dealing with survivor’s guilt she experienced as it relates to COVID-19. Read more here.
  • Peter Gulick, a professor of medicine in the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and infectious disease expert, offers some insight and advice on seeing unvaccinated family during the holidays. Read more here.
  • Aron Sousa, interim dean of the MSU College of Human Medicine, answers questions about COVID-19 booster shots recently approved by the FDA and CDC for adults 18 years and older. Read more here.

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