Virus Action Team Update
Updated January 15
Classes begin January 19, 2021.
GVSU COVID-19 testing program
- The week of January 18 is the final week of repopulation testing.
- Beginning January 25, some students will be invited weekly (e.g. resident assistants, food service employees); others will be invited every few weeks.
- Faculty and staff who are expected to be on campus will be invited weekly.
- The Virus Action Team will monitor responses to the "On Campus Today?" question on the self-assessment to update testing invitations.
- You can now indicate whether you have received the vaccine on your daily online self-assessment.
- A vaccination count has been added to the GVSU data dashboard.
- Individuals who report receiving both doses of the vaccine may still be invited for surveillance testing.
- Updates on GVSU’s vaccination program for students and employees can be found on the Lakers Together vaccine web page.
GVSU policies to mitigate the spread of the virus – such as wearing face coverings and maintaining social distancing – continue and apply to all who are on campus, including those who have been vaccinated.
ACTION STEPS FOR RETURNING TO CAMPUS
- Students who live on campus or who are taking an in-person or hybrid class must do one of the following:
- Get tested prior to returning to campus. Document your results in the online self-assessment portal.
- If unable to test before your return, test after returning to campus. During this time, “Stay Safe” and only leave your residence to attend class or for food, medicine or work, with appropriate masking and social distancing until you receive your test results. Document your results in the online self-assessment portal.
- If you choose not to be tested, you must follow the “Stay Safe” guidelines mentioned above for a 10-day period in your on- or off-campus residence.
- If you tested positive for COVID-19 after October 25, record the positive test result in your self-assessment. You are not required to re-test in January.
Questions and concerns
The GVSU COVID call center (616) 331-4636 remains in operation weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Personal health concerns should be directed to the GVSU/Spectrum Health 24-hour call center (833) 734-0020.
Creating a safer environment is a shared responsibility among all who come to GVSU and its off-campus partners. The university is encouraging personal responsibility by providing education, supplies, and resources to assist individuals in following public health guidance and university policy. As part of our work toward a safe environment, a web-based self-assessment (accessed by phone, tablet or computer) is available for faculty, staff and students.
- Employees must complete a self-assessment on any day they are working on campus.
- Students coming to campus for class or work must complete a self-assessment before coming to campus.
- While not required, it is expected that all members of the GVSU community will complete the self-assessment daily to support efforts to protect the health of the community. It is strongly suggested that the self-assessment be completed before noon.
The daily self-assessment is simple and quick to complete. The self-assessment is the primary means for us to collect daily information – including weekends – about how the virus is affecting the GVSU community, minimize its spread, promote public health and make sound decisions.
Learn how to create an easy-to-use bookmark for the self-assessment on your smartphone.
January 14, 2021
Individuals who report receiving the vaccine may still be invited for GVSU surveillance testing.