Testing and Reporting

Right to privacy

MSU will not disclose the identity of any person or any information that could potentially identify a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 out of respect for their right to privacy. This includes, but is not limited to, an individual's place of work, residence and groups or teams an individual is associated with on campus, etc. We expect members of our community to respect that right to privacy as well.

Notification policy

As part of our effort to increase transparency while also protecting an individual’s right to privacy, MSU will observe the following communications protocols:

  • MSU’s positive COVID-19 case tracker above will be updated each Monday. This information will include new cases each week categorized by employees and students.
  • Contact tracers will notify individuals believed to have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive. (Definition of close contact: Sustained time — more than 15 minutes — within six feet of a confirmed COVID-19 case.)
  • Because MSU is conducting appropriate contact tracing in partnership with the local health department to identify and notify anyone who might be at risk, units, departments and residence halls will not be sending an email each time there is a positive case on campus.
  • In cases where it is difficult to identify all known close contacts, MSU may work with the local health department on a broader communication.


Any member of our community exhibiting signs of COVID-19 must seek immediate medical attention. If you are feeling ill or have tested positive for COVID-19 and have questions, contact MSU's COVID-19 Triage Hotline at 855-958-2678 or your primary health care provider.

If you are ill or test positive, you should self-isolate and avoid close contact with others. For students who live on campus, space for isolation will be provided. More information on what to do if you feel sick can be found on the CDC website

While MSU has a limited number of students, faculty and staff on campus this fall, the university still will provide COVID-19 testing for members of the community. MSU has activated the following testing locations for students, faculty and staff to be tested if they are experiencing symptoms:

Olin Health Center (by appointment only)
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

Spartan Stadium, Southeast Concourse, Gate B (no appointment necessary)
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
Extended hours: 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday

Our testing approach allows us to rapidly help individuals who have symptoms and work effectively with our local and state public health agencies to identify and test those who may have been exposed:

  • Any students, faculty or staff presenting symptoms or identified through contact tracing as having been in close contact with a known or possible positive person will be tested.
  • Those who are asymptomatic but have concerns about exposure to COVID-19 will have access to testing.  
  • MSU is maintaining our close partnership with the Sparrow Health System to perform COVID-19 diagnostic testing for the MSU community.  

MSU COVID-19 Early Detection Program

Early detection remains critical to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. That is why the COVID-19 Early Detection Program is a key part of MSU's health and safety strategy. This initiative will help MSU identify the possible presence of the virus in people who are asymptomatic. By analyzing saliva samples throughout the semester, officials will be able to better monitor and manage infections on campus before outbreaks might occur. MSU is asking all faculty, staff and students who will be in the East Lansing area this fall to volunteer and by doing so, you’ll help us mitigate the spread of the virus — the larger our volunteer pool, the better we’ll be able to detect outbreaks. You can read more about the program and enroll here.

Finding a testing location elsewhere in Michigan

Call the state of Michigan's COVID Hotline at 888-535-6136 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and press 1 to be connected to an operator who can help you find a nearby location and schedule an appointment; or, visit Michigan.gov/CoronavirusTest to find testing locations near you and schedule an appointment. There are many locations where you can get tested at no cost to you.

Contact tracing

MSU will continue to work with local health departments on contact tracing for any potential cases, and we plan to hire additional staff to help with tracing related specifically to campus. If you are believed to be a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the county health department will follow up with you directly. 

Definition of close contact: Sustained time — more than 15 minutes — within six feet of a confirmed COVID-19 case.


Covid-19 Dashboard
State of Michigan
covid dashboard for Michigan