Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - Feb. 12

Colleagues:

MSU, the Ingham County region and the state of Michigan continue to see a significant decline in COVID-19 cases. This is welcome news for many. In the weeks ahead, the university will continue sending reminders to students, faculty and staff of their obligations under MSU’s COVID-19 health and safety directives, including the COVID-19 booster vaccine. The university’s COVID-19 dashboard in particular shows a steady decline from our peak in cases the week of January 3. Last week, we had a total of 152 cases related to our campus community and an overall positivity rate through the Early Detection Program of 2.8%.

Here's your weekly recap of COVID-19 related messages.

Important updates:

  • The state of Michigan recently announced Michigan has 250,000 additional COVID-19 tests being made available to 50,000 households in the first phase of a new program called Project Act, a partnership between MDHHS and The Rockefeller Foundation. Those in Berrien, Genesee, Kent, Macomb, Muskegon, Oakland, Saginaw and Wayne counties can visit this website to order a free at-home test kit: https://www.accesscovidtests.org/. This program is in addition to free at-home tests available through the federal government partnership with the United States Postal Service. This program is in addition to free at-home tests available through the federal government partnership with the United States Postal Service. 
  • Another COVID-19 booster clinic is at the Breslin Center next week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17. As a reminder it is required for all students, staff and faculty to have a booster vaccine unless allowed an exemption. To make an appointment at the Breslin Center, click here, walk-ins are also welcome.
  • Wednesday, MSU send a second and final reminder to employees who were non-compliant with the university’s COVID-19 booster requirement sharing they would have seven days to come into compliance or be referred to their HR unit for appropriate disciplinary processes.
  • Thursday, the Ingham County Health Department announced it would rescind two emergency orders, including mask requirement in K-12 schools effective Feb. 19. MSU is not removing it’s mask requirement at this time, but continues to have conversations with health leaders on its COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

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