Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - May 6

Colleagues:

It was a joyous day celebrating the accomplishments of our 2022 graduates and I know that celebration will continue with individual college ceremonies throughout this weekend and next. As we mark the end of another semester today, I wanted to make you aware of a few updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic and MSU’s response to it as we enter the summer and prepare for the fall.

Important updates:

  • MSU’s international travel procedures are adapting to reflect the current global travel landscape. After careful consideration, new international travel policies and procedures for faculty, staff and MSU-sponsored guests were effective May 2. Read more.
  • On Friday, April 29, President Stanley shared a financial update with benefit-eligible employees regarding retirement benefit reductions. In his message, the president shared that the university is planning to provide a one-time financial payment to affected faculty, academic staff and executive management, who are currently employed, to offset some of the financial implications of lost retirement contributions. For support staff, the university is in discussions to end the retirement reduction 12 months earlier than initially planned. Read more here.
  • The clinical COVID-19 testing at MSU Health Care and MSU’s Early Detection Program will be ending this next Friday, May 13. For those who might need to get tested after May 13, many pharmacies and health care systems are still providing access to COVID-19 tests. To make an appointment near you, visit the United States Department of Health and Human Services website. Free at-home tests are also still available through the United States Postal Service.
  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human services has shared multilanguage vaccine posters and infographics to offer an inclusive approach to vaccination education for COVID-19. View the posters here and view the infographics here.
  • In mid-April, it was announced that masks would no longer be required to ride in CATA vehicles. The change in policy comes as a response to the CDC lifting the order requiring face masks on public transportation vehicles and hubs. Read more here.

As always, please continue to visit the 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