EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University is lifting an enhanced two-week physical distancing directive and will use a phased approach to reopening that will change from week to week.
MSU published the directive on January 31 as COVID-19 cases on campus continued to rise. He rose at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, February 13.
Although the university is seeing a slight reduction in positivity rates in the community on campus, it has not reached a level safe enough to fully lift the directive, according to a letter to students from Vennie Gore, acting vice president. student affairs and services. , and David Weismantel, university physician.
During the first phase of reopening, the dining rooms will open for in-person meals with one person per table, the intramural campus facilities will open for remote exercises, and the Union MSU buildings and services to students will return to regular construction hours, the letter said.
Public seating areas in residences are still closed, and laundry rooms and computer labs will remain open with capacity limits imposed, the letter said.
Students are also told not to meet with others, whether on campus or off.
“We expect all students living on campus and in the East Lansing area to continue to exercise caution when engaging in daily activities outside of your residence,” the letter said. “Students living on campus receive a second message from us with more detailed information about our expectations for residency on campus. “
Students are required to complete a daily medical screening form and participate in MSU’s COVID-19 Early Detection Program to participate in any activity on campus, including in-person classes or employment.
According to MSU’s COVID-19 dashboard, which was updated on February 8, the Ingham County Health Department reported 205 cases of COVID-19 in the MSU community for the week of January 25 and 99 cases for the week of February 1.
If students engage in dangerous behavior, positivity rates will rise again and MSU will be forced to enact another period of heightened distancing, the letter said.
“We don’t want to do this, but we will if it helps us keep the campus community safe,” the letter said.
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