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First confirmed COVID-19 case linked to MSU

March 14, 2020
Students walk in and out of Shaw Hall after MSU cancelled classes due to coronavirus March 11, 2020.
Students walk in and out of Shaw Hall after MSU cancelled classes due to coronavirus March 11, 2020. —
Photo by Matt Schmucker | The State News

Michigan State University was notified Friday of the first confirmed COVID-19 case related to Michigan State University, according to a post from MSU's Twitter.

This announcement follows the postponement of MSU class of 2020's commencement ceremonies, as well as a complete transition to virtual instruction until the end of the semester, according to an email from MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr.

"The spread of coronavirus is very serious, and Spartans need to understand the critical importance of social distancing and how the virus can spread quickly in large crowds. We need everyone’s cooperation in this crisis," the university said on Twitter.

The university anticipates more confirmed cases in the future, according to the post.

"We don’t have any additional comment to provide on the confirmed case.  We are respecting the privacy of the confirmed person," University spokesperson Emily Guerrant said.

This is a developing story. In our reporting, we'll focus on verifying information from credible sources. Stay with The State News for more updates on how COVID-19 is affecting the MSU and East Lansing community.

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