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Message to Faculty and Staff

January 6, 2022

Good afternoon, 

On Monday, Jan. 10, the Spring 2022 semester will begin in person as scheduled. The University will continue to implement the health and safety protocols established to keep our Ferris community safe. This means assessing our health each day and completing the daily symptom checker before coming to campus, wearing a face covering indoors over the mouth and nose while on campus, staying home when ill, reporting a positive test result, and engaging in good hygiene practices including frequent and thorough hand washing. By practicing these measures each day, we can reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in our community. 

The Re-entry Committee continues to meet to discuss the status of the pandemic and its current impact on our community, along with the health and safety measures and other best practices necessary to keep our University and local communities safe.  

Update on OSHA’s Vaccine or Test Mandate  

The Re-entry Committee continues to monitor the status of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard that would require employers with more than 100 employees to mandate workers become vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. At Ferris, this would include all faculty and staff, in addition to student-employees. The Supreme Court is holding arguments about the validity of the ETS; in the meantime, we are still required to make good faith efforts to comply with the standard. More information will be shared as it becomes available.    

KN95 Masks Available  

While the CDC has not updated or changed its cloth mask recommendation, the University has KN95 masks available for those who would like one. You can order by calling x2614 or emailing [email protected].  

Vaccines/Boosters Still Available 

If you have not been vaccinated yet for COVID-19, it’s not too late! Faculty, staff and students can still schedule their first round of the Pfizer vaccine series at Birkam Health Center by calling (231) 591-2614, Option 2. Booster shots are also available. Or, vaccines are still widely available at many pharmacies across the state. You can find a vaccine site near you by visiting www.vaccines.gov. If you are able, please take advantage of the opportunity these vaccines provide to lessen the severity of the disease and keep yourself, your colleagues and your family safe.   

COVID-19 Testing Continues 

On the Big Rapids campus, asymptomatic COVID-19 testing remains available for faculty, staff and students at the Pharmacy Care Clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 4:45 p.m., and Wednesdays from 12 to 1:45 p.m. You can “Schedule an Asymptomatic COVID-19 Test" right from the Coronavirus Updates Hub webpage. Or, testing is also available Monday through Friday by appointment at Birkam Health Center. Please call (231) 591-2614, Option 2, if you would like to schedule an appointment.  

Free COVID-19 testing is also available for those who are symptomatic and asymptomatic (without symptoms) at the “Park and Test” COVID-19 clinics hosted by District Health Department #10. You can pre-register for a test online. In Big Rapids, testing is available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If this location is not convenient, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has a Test Finder on their website to help you locate places throughout Michigan where you can get a free COVID-19 test. In addition, many pharmacies like Walgreens, Rite Aid and Meijer also have free testing available and at-home tests for purchase. 

Thank you for staying connected with us, and as always, we will continue to provide information via email and on the Coronavirus Updates Hub.  

-The FSU Re-entry Committee