Chief Medical Officer Linda Vail updated the community on the status of COVID-19 in Ingham County, and addressed concerns regarding the Omicron variant Tuesday.
The Ingham County Health Department broke down current COVID-19 numbers, prevalence rates and precautions to take in face of the virus throughout the community.
After a year-and-a-half of online learning, students and faculty alike are realizing that mental health needs to take a higher priority in the classroom.
Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail said she believes MSU will be resilient against COVID-19 after the return of students from fall break.
"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.