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Kellogg Center is only location being used for student isolation housing, not Akers

October 9, 2020

With less than 2,000 students living on campus, the Kellogg Center is the only place for Michigan State students living on campus to quarantine. 

In mid-July, the university announced that Akers hall would serve as isolation housing for students who wanted to quarantine or self-isolate, but that plan has since changed.

Before MSU announced that the Fall semester would be held entirely online, Akers hall was going to allow students that would test positive to have their own bathrooms and rooms, along with Spartan Village and the Kellogg Center.

Now the self-isolation will only be at the Kellogg Center.

“If we need to use Spartan Village and Akers for isolation housing we will,” Residential and Hospitality Services, or RHS, Chief Communications Officer Kat Cooper said. 

Isolation housing is only for MSU students living on campus or in an on-campus apartment with suitemates or roommates. It is not mandatory for a student who tests positive for COVID-19 to quarantine in Kellogg. 

If a student who has tested positive does share a room or bathroom with others RHS will contact them to quarantine in the Kellogg Center.

There is a mobile check-in that allows RHS to support students in quarantine. They deliver breakfast, lunch, dinner and other things students might need. RHS will also assist students with letting their professors know their situation. 

The length of quarantine is determined on a case by case basis. The Ingham County Health Department evaluates each individual and recommends how long quarantine should last. Not every student is quarantined for two weeks. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people to quarantine for 14 days.

Last month Ingham County advised MSU students to self-quarantine the night of Sept. 12 until 11:59 p.m. Sept. 26 after an influx of MSU related cases.

The university has yet to announce the plans for spring semester, but a plan should be announced in the coming weeks.

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