Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - March 5

Colleagues:

This week, the university updated its COVID-19 health and safety directives, easing mask requirements in most places across campus. COVID-19 cases continue to decline as our booster rates continue to increase and is more than double that of the state’s booster rate making our campus safer than many of our surrounding communities.  

Important updates:

  • Last week, the university added the booster rates of students and employees to our COVID-19 testing and reporting dashboard. View the dashboard.
  • Beginning Tuesday, MSU youth programs were able to resume in person at the discretion of the program leaders and the MSU offices that sponsor and/or supervise them. Additionally, MSU youth programs released guidelines for how these events will operate. These new protocols are subject to change in response to the pandemic. Read more here.
  • Wednesday, Senior Vice President Vennie Gore sent a message to all students ahead of spring break. His message included important COVID-19 reminders and ways in which to stay healthy and safe during the break. Read more here.
  • Thursday, President Stanley sent out a community letter announcing policy change regarding mask requirements on campus. Starting March 6, masks will no longer be required in most indoor settings on property owned or controlled by MSU. However, masks will remain required in instructional settings and academic/research labs. Other exceptions include when riding CATA buses and in all health care facilities. Read more here.  
  • University Communications also updated the FAQs on the Together We Will website with answers to some of the commonly asked questions about the university’s lifting of masking requirements in most spaces across campus. View the FAQs.

Spartan stories:

  • MSU’s partners at Henry Ford Health System recently shared an article busting a common myth about long-term effects of the COVID-19 vaccines. The article shares five key reasons experts know they don’t have long-term effects. 
  • A Michigan State researcher and his team are finding answers about the new omicron variant, thanks to advanced artificial intelligence models. Read more here.
  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is enlisting MSU experts and resources to help bolster the state’s fight against COVID. With three grants totaling more than $5 million, MSU and health care partners will help build up Michigan’s capacity to respond to the current pandemic and future pathogens. Read more here.
  • Educators’ concerns are growing in Michigan in response to the negative impact the pandemic has had on students’ literacy instruction and their literacy skills. A report from Michigan State University’s Education Policy Innovation Collaborative investigates these concerns. 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.

If you’ve missed one of my weekly updates, you can find an archive of them on our Together We Will Website under the communications tab.

 

Best,

Emily