Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - Jan. 22

Colleagues -

As President Stanley and executive leaders shared yesterday, the university is continuing with preparations to resume in-person learning on Jan. 31 as planned. There have been a number of communications shared over the last two weeks that may be helpful to you as we prepare for a return to in-person learning. Those communications are detailed below.

Important updates:

  • Friday, President Stanley and executive leaders shared an update with the campus community informing them of the university's plans for return to in-person learning on Jan. 31, as originally planned. 
  • Also this week, the federal government announced it would make masks and at-home tests available for all Americans for free. To order your free at-home tests, click here. The federal government has shared the free masks will be available nationwide late next week through local pharmacies and health centers. 
  • President Stanley on Jan. 10 announced the deadline for students, staff and faculty to receive their COVID-19 booster and submit their information is Feb 1. The vaccine verification form will begin accepting booster submissions on January 26.
  • Jan. 11, MSU announced a series of vaccine clinics in partnership with Ingham County Health Department to provide the campus community with additional access to COVID-19 booster vaccines ahead of the university’s Feb. 1 booster deadline. As a reminder, there are two more booster clinics before the university's booster requirement deadline. Clinics will be held on Jan. 26 and Jan. 31 at the Breslin Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Also on Jan. 11, President Stanley shared a message with all university employees providing an update on the financial impact of COVID-19 to the university. 
  • Jan. 12, the Early Detection Program sent a message to program participants sharing additional direction for testing during a time of increased and widespread COVID-19 transmission. To maintain capacity for the Early Detection Program to mandatory participants and those who are asymptomatic only, Michigan State is asking volunteers who are symptomatic, or suspect they have been exposed to COVID-19 to please use the testing at the Spartan Stadium site. Read more here.
  • Also last week, the university also updated the flow-chart graphics for students and employees to help them better understand what steps they need to take if they have contracted COVID-19, are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • President Stanley sat down with Russ White and the MSU Today podcast recently to talk about the impact of the pandemic on the start of the semester and optimism for better days soon.

Spartan Stories:

  • Dr. Peter Gulick, an infectious disease expert and professor of medicine in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, discusses ways Spartans can protect themselves against the new Omicron variant. Read more here.

As always, please continue to visit 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.