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Message to Faculty and Staff

January 10, 2022

Good afternoon, 

The Re-entry Committee would like to share several updates and reminders with you this week. 

Symptom Checker 

The link to the symptom checker continues to be sent daily to your ferris.edu email address. If you are not receiving it directly in your inbox, please check your “junk email” folder or “clutter” folder, as it may inadvertently be routed there. You can always access the daily symptom checker from the Coronavirus Updates Hub webpage in the Tools and Resources menu located on the right-hand side of the page. 

Updated Isolation and Quarantine Guidance 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shortened the recommended time for isolation and updated the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19. The University will continue to follow the CDC’s recommendations. You can learn more about the updated guidance on the CDC’s website. 

I Tested Positive for COVID-19...What Do I Do?   

If you test positive for COVID-19, report your status in the University’s “Report a Positive Test Result” portal. This will alert Human Resources and Birkam Health Center to reach out to you to begin the contact tracing process (close contacts are those who were within 6 feet for 15 minutes cumulatively over 24 hours), and provide you with specific isolation guidelines and any resources you may need while isolated.  

Where Do Employees Order PPE Supplies? 

Personal Protective Equipment such as masks, hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies can continue to be requested through the Physical Plant – Plant Stores operation by key building custodians using the AiM system.  

KN 95 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 x2164 or emailing [email protected].  

Masks Required at Home Athletic Contests 

As a friendly reminder, masks are still required and must be worn at all times on campus while indoors, including at home athletic contests such as basketball and hockey. All fans are asked to comply with the requirement to help combat the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure that spectators continue to be allowed at home athletic contests.  

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. There is no need to schedule an appointment; however, you must pre-register for a test online. It is a drive-up service; first-come, first-served. 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. 

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.  

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