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Virus Action Team Update

Fall 2021: We're Ready for You!

We look forward to welcoming you to campus this fall for in-person classes, housing and dining options, and so much more. The Lakers Together website contains information about our academic plans, housing, athletics and recreation, and more. We're excited for you to be a Laker!

Updated April 22, 2021

Spring/Summer Session

We are continuing our efforts to protect the campus community and keep the virus at bay. 

  • Our face covering and social distancing protocols will remain in force.
  • Guidelines for travel and events will continue. These will be updated as guidance changes.
  • GVSU policies and information regarding COVID-19 can be found on the Lakers Together website.

On-Campus Testing

Free on-campus testing will continue to be available for students, faculty and staff on the Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids campuses. We will not be sending out invitations. See the following schedule:

Allendale Campus

  • Walk-in antigen testing for those without symptoms or exposure will be held in the Kirkhof Center, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • For those with symptoms or exposure, testing is by appointment only and will be held in the Kirkhof Center, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To schedule an appointment, complete your online self-assessment and a link will be available.

Pew Grand Rapids Campus

  • Beginning May 3, walk-in antigen testing for those without symptoms or exposure will be held in DeVos Center on Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon. 

Daily Online Self-Assessment

With the recent extension of some state orders, we will maintain the rules for daily online self-assessment.

  • Individuals living on campus must fill out the online self-assessment daily.
  • 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 arriving on campus.
  • Visitors to campus must complete the self-assessment prior to arrival.
  • For others, such as faculty on nine-month appointments, please use the self-assessment to report significant events like vaccinations or infection.

 Student Vaccine Video

“If I’ve already had COVID-19, why should I get the vaccine?” This is just one question GVSU students asked Dr. Habiba Hassouna, an infectious disease specialist at Spectrum Health. Get the answer to that question and more by watching the short video below. 

Widespread vaccination will allow us to adjust our response to COVID-19. Remember to report your vaccination in your online self-assessment.

  • To date, more than 75% of faculty and staff have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
  • Nearly 4,000 students have reported on their self-assessment that they have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

On April 5, 2021, all Michiganders age 16 and older became eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. You can register for an appointment through your health care provider, local health department, hospital or pharmacy.

The West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, operated by Kent County, Spectrum Health and Mercy Health, in collaboration with Vaccinate West Michigan, operates by appointment only.

  • Most can now self-schedule online. To set up an appointment for those who are 16 or 17 years old, or those needing special assistance, call 833-755-0696.
  • While this is not a Grand Valley sponsored or operated event, it is likely one of your best opportunities to get a vaccine appointment quickly.
  • You don’t have to live in Kent County to schedule an appointment.

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.


Self-Assessment

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.

Self-Assessment


DeVos Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Virus Action Team update: Spring/Summer session information on COVID testing; students interview doctor about vaccines

Free on-campus testing will continue to be available for students, faculty and staff on the Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids campuses.

Apr 22, 2021

Needle and vaccine vile.

Virus Action Team update: On-campus student vaccine clinic scheduled

Metro Health will lead distribution of the Pfizer vaccine at a GVSU clinic for students on April 16 at the Fieldhouse on the Allendale Campus.

Apr 8, 2021

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