Associated Students of Michigan State University, or ASMSU, made the decision to move all work online after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, according to an email sent by ASMSU Chief of Staff Kyle Biel to ASMSU staff members Sept. 9.
“I was recently made aware that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19,” Biel said in the email. “As such, I am reaching out to all of you in an effort to promote a safe and healthy working environment. I have decided that we will be moving to all online work effective immediately.”
Biel added in the email he hopes ASMSU can “return to ‘regular’ optional in-person work” on Sept. 20.
“There was a possible COVID outbreak and we thought that it would be the best to guarantee safety that we err on the side of caution,” Biel said. “Considering ASMSU’s past success with remote work, me and my team decided that the safest course of action would be to move online.”
According to Biel, any ASMSU staff member who had close contact with COVID-19 would be contacted by the university and given further instructions. For now, Biel said ASMSU’s instructions are to work online and follow the university’s guidance.
“ASMSU’s first goal is to maintain the safety of the staff,” Biel said. “We feel that this is a necessary step to do that."
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