New known positive cases

Students Employees
Week of Aug. 3 7 1
Week of July 27 20 4

These  numbers reflect only those  who have been tested  by  appropriate medical professionals and have self-reported to the university, or those the university becomes aware of through  our testing sites or local health departments.  These individuals are self-isolating and receiving appropriate medical care. There is no requirement to self-report to the university. However, is it an important tool in our shared effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

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, 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 by the close of business each Friday. This information will include the number of new cases each week broken out by employees and students.
  • Contact tracers will notify individuals who are believed to have been a close contact of a person who has been identified.
  • Because MSU is providing information on the known cases and 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.




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.