"When I got the email notification, my heart sank — as soon as I opened the message, I discovered that a student in my in-person math class had tested positive for COVID-19 and that I was exposed on Wednesday, Sept. 1."
“This is very bittersweet, but I am excited for this new and unique opportunity to continue doing my life’s work of advancing bold programs and policies that promote the health of all communities,” Michigan's former Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said in a statement.
There have been an estimated 145 cases this past week which are related to MSU, according to Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail.
Critics of the new policy have been quick to point out that while the vaccine and mask policies are important, they likely don't cover all the bases.
Six women who came to positions of power during the pandemic shared their stories at a Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce ceremony Sept. 8.
“I was recently made aware that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19,” ASMSU Chief of Staff Kyle 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.”
MSU Deputy Spokesperson Dan Olsen said that modality change requests are judged and decided by the leadership of the class’s respective department.
According to the press release, a fully vaccinated student who came in close contact with a COVID-positive student can continue going to in-person classes if they closely monitor symptoms for 14 days after exposure and continue to follow the mask mandate. If an unvaccinated student was masked and less than three feet apart in an indoor setting, they can remain in school if they wear a mask, too.
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.