Virus Action Team update: Don't bring COVID-19 home or back to campus

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As Thanksgiving break approaches, students are encouraged to practice enhanced safety measures for 14 days prior to the break, which begins November 25. 

Beginning November 10, consider only leaving your residence to get food or medicine, attend classes, go to work or exercise.

Free testing: 

COVID-19 testing is available for those who come to campus at least one day per week. Testing will take place November 9-19. One test per person will be paid for by the university. Testing for people who do not have symptoms or who have not had direct exposure to someone with COVID will take place on the Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids campuses. Those eligible will receive an email with a link to schedule an appointment and additional details. 

Non-GVSU testing: 

Contact your health care provider about testing. If they do not conduct screening tests, you can consult the State of Michigan testing site finder or find a testing site in Ottawa County

Free flu vaccinations for students

GVSU/Meijer Free Flu Clinics for students will be held on the Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids campuses the week of November 16. The event is in collaboration with Grand Valley, the State of Michigan, and Meijer Pharmacy. An email with dates and times for sign up will be sent to students November 6.

Specific Holiday Safety Strategies

CDC recommendations

  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Wear a face covering, wash hands and social distance
  • Avoid contact with those who have symptoms or tested positive
  • Avoid exposing others, even if you only have minor symptoms


Those who come back to campus are strongly encouraged to get tested upon their return. Testing on campus will be available November 30–December 3