Dec. 14, 2021: Update on new COVID-19 testing, next semester


Dear MSU Community,

As we end the fall 2021 semester, I want to take a moment to look ahead to spring and share important updates on what the university is doing to mitigate the risk of COVID 19, including a new partnership to bring additional PCR testing to campus, beginning tomorrow. I know it has not been an easy several months, but your resilience and continued determination made it possible for us to come back to a safe campus this fall. You have my deepest gratitude.

Looking ahead:

  • Testing: MSU Health Care is partnering with Grand Rapids-based NxGen MDx to provide additional high-quality COVID 19 PCR testing, plus influenza and RSV testing, with overnight results. Testing will begin Dec. 15 and will be available for students, faculty, staff, MSU community members and the general public. The testing site will be at Spartan Stadium, through Gate B, from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Both walk-ups and appointments will be accepted, and patients can expect results by 9 a.m. the next morning. For more information, visit MSU Health Care. This testing option will not replace the Early Detection Program; those individuals marked as mandatory for EDP must continue using that program.
  • Omicron variant: MSU leaders continue to closely monitor the omicron variant of COVID 19, which now has been found in Michigan. While there is still much to learn about the variant, we do know that related travel restrictions are disproportionately impacting our international Spartans, as well as our global teaching, research and outreach efforts. MSU is working diligently with our students and scholars to ensure they can continue their education and research, whether it is in person or virtual. As of now, the new variant is not leading to any changes in MSU’s COVID 19 directives.
  • Travel: The above-mentioned travel restrictions in many different countries are causing some academic programs and plans to change. All travelers should monitor entry requirements both for MSU and personal travel. For the latest information, or if you are planning any international travel, please visit https://msu.edu/together-we-will/travel/.

Finally, I urge each of you to continue protecting yourself, friends and loved ones over the semester break. We know getting vaccinated and receiving boosters are the most important things you can do. Vaccines are available to all in the MSU community, regardless of their country of origin or citizenship status.

With new variants as well, please mask when indoors or in any large group setting. By taking these steps, we can continue the fall semester’s success and keep learning in person. Thank you for doing your part.

Sincerely,

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. (he/him)
President