Oct. 15, 2020: Important new tool in fight against COVID-19

Dear Spartans,

Since the start of our fight against COVID-19, I have asked you to make sacrifices for the greater good of our MSU community. At every turn, and with true Spartan spirit, you have answered the call. You have demonstrated that no matter how difficult, you are committed to doing the things that are necessary to help slow the spread of the virus.

As we enter the fall and winter months, it is more important than ever that we remain vigilant in our efforts to protect ourselves and our community. That means continuing to do the things that matter — wearing masks, physical distancing, getting tested and cooperating with contact tracing officials. 

This week, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Ingham County Health Department, MSU is bringing an important new tool to the fight against COVID-19. 

The MI-COVID Alert app— available from the Apple and Google app stores — will notify you if you might have been exposed to someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19. It’s simple to use, and it is the best means available for getting early notification that you may have been exposed to the virus. The alerts are confidential, and the app provides detailed instructions regarding what to do to avoid potentially spreading the virus. 

As an infectious disease researcher, I know how important early detection is in slowing the spread of COVID-19. That’s why I want to encourage every Spartan to pick up your phone and join me in downloading the app. It’s another way to show that we are all committed to doing everything we can to bring our Spartan community back together on campus.


Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.