Of the respondents, 88% of students, faculty and staff indicated they are fully vaccinated, and 7% indicated they received the first of two doses of the vaccine.
Two new emergency orders have been issued in Ingham County to mitigate the 515% increase in COVID-19 cases in people aged 0-17.
Michigan State football fans can return to Spartan Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 11 for the team’s first home game against Youngstown State. Face coverings are required around the concourse for all those in attendance, and fans are encouraged to bring their Spartan spirit to cheer on the team.
“We have 15,000 students coming to campus,” MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. said. “Each and every one deserves the best attention and I think all my team is working to do that. I think from talking to people today, there’s great joy and excitement.”
Students wishing to fill out an exemption form and return to campus without the COVID-19 vaccine have until Aug. 31 to complete the form. Students filing for exemption are still required to fill out the vaccine verification form and indicate they are pursuing an exemption.
Vail said that the uptick in cases has been caused by a number of factors such as nonexistent mitigation efforts that has led to a spread of the Delta variant in the area.
Vail recommends residents of Ingham County wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. She also said that it would be wise to wear masks in crowded outdoor settings as well.
MSU Deputy Spokesman Dan Olsen explained that individuals should receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Aug. 31.
A mask mandate was also put in place for indoor places on campus effective Aug. 1, but Stanley said that he does not believe that will have an impact on fans that are outdoors.
Currently, Ingham County has 188 active cases, with roughly 25 new cases per million people. On June 19th, there were on average 5 cases per million people. That's roughly a 500% increase from June 19 to July 19.
This town hall marks the first of a series of community town halls to help answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, according to MDHHS's Facebook page.