Tuesday Morning Update

Good morning,

The Re-entry Committee would like to share several updates and important information with you.

Campus Re-entry Town Halls

Thank you to the 300+ faculty and staff who attended one of the Campus Re-entry Town Halls last Thursday. If you were unable to attend, you can view the PowerPoint online. A recording of the Zoom session will be available soon.

COVID-19 Testing Update

Last week the University tested student-athletes and Dining Services staff, which includes student employees and members of the community. Surveillance testing and daily wastewater monitoring will continue as we move through the semester.

COVID-19 Dashboard Update

Many have asked if we can report the number of positive cases more frequently instead of weekly. The Re-entry Committee will now be reporting positive COVID-19 cases daily, Monday through Friday by 5 p.m. (excluding holidays). Saturday and Sunday numbers will be included in Monday’s reports. We have also changed the terminology of “Big Rapids Campus Data” to “Ferris State University Data” as the data encompasses those associated with Ferris State University, not just those who work/study/live in Big Rapids/Mecosta County.

From Sept. 11-14, 29 new cases were confirmed by District Health Department #10, with a cumulative total of 82 positive cases associated with the University. Kendall College of Art and Design continues to report one positive COVID-19 case.

The University is working closely with DHD#10 to actively conduct contact tracing and provide assistance and support to those affected. Students affected who reside on-campus are moved to isolation/quarantine housing. Anyone who had close contact will be notified by DHD #10 of possible exposure and will also receive specific instructions, assistance and support. 

Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should contact the Birkam Health Center for screening. Faculty or staff should contact their primary care physician and/or call 833-559-0659 to receive a Spectrum Health COVID-19 screening.

As the University continues to conduct testing and as the semester progresses, it is likely more positive cases will be identified. Everyone in the University community is encouraged to remain as flexible and accommodating as possible when assisting those affected with transitions for remote learning and/or work assignments.   

The University is taking proactive measures to protect the health and safety of its students, faculty and staff. Expectations include completing the online daily symptom checker, wearing a mask, maintaining physical/social distancing, washing or sanitizing your hands often and avoiding large crowds or social gatherings.

The COVID-19 Dashboard is accessible via the University’s Coronavirus webpage.

Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQs below are some of the recent questions that have come to the Re-entry Committee. We are happy to answer these and any questions you may have. Please keep in mind that information around this pandemic continues to change rapidly. The answers provided are as of the date of this communication and subject to change as new information becomes available.  

1. If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, who is notified?

Per Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order 175, within 24 hours the University must notify any co-workers, contractors, or suppliers who may have come into contact with the person who has a confirmed case of COVID-19. Notification of possible exposure will be shared via a University Wide Notice with all faculty and staff.

2. If I am going to be traveling, do I need to self-quarantine upon my return?

If you decide to travel stateside or abroad, please follow any state and/or federal guidelines or directives on quarantining upon your return. You can read the CDC’s “After You Travel” recommendations online for further information.

Other Important Information/Reminders

  • Complete the required COVID-19 Symptom Checker daily and stay home if you are sick
  • Wear a face covering inside University buildings and in any situation where social distancing is difficult.
  • Practice social distancing (6 feet)
  • Practice good hand washing/sanitizing often
  • Conduct group or staff meetings remotely as much as possible (use Zoom, MS Teams, etc.)
  • Stay to the right when using hallways and stairwells
  • Limit only 2-people riding in an elevator at one time
  • Be aware of any additional social distancing guidelines that may be posted on the doors and hallways of different campus buildings. 

As always, all Re-entry communications to faculty, staff and students, and other important information regarding the University’s re-engagement efforts are available on the Coronavirus webpage. Please continue to check this page frequently for updates.

-The FSU Campus Re-entry Committee