Virus Action Team Update (Oct. 23)
Updated October 23
We need your input! Help us improve the GVSU COVID-19 Testing Program.
- Some students, faculty and staff have been sent an email to take an anonymous five-minute survey.
- Students who participate in the survey may enter a drawing for a chance to win one of thirty $25 gift cards to Starbucks.
New CDC guidelines for exposure
The Centers for Disease Control has modified its COVID-19 exposure criteria. Exposure is now defined as being within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for 15 cumulative minutes in a 24-hour period, regardless of PPE. Shorter but repeated contacts that add up to 15 minutes over a 24-hour period now count as close contact. Consistent with CDC guidance, GVSU requires anyone who has been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient to quarantine for a minimum of two weeks. To reduce your risk of becoming a close contact or of contracting COVID-19, maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet whenever possible, wear a face covering, and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol. The new guidelines do not affect current GVSU protocols for face coverings and social distancing in classrooms and other spaces.
Call Center Resources
There are a number of supports available for students, faculty and staff members. If you have personal health concerns, including symptoms or COVID-19 exposure, or a positive test, call the GVSU/Spectrum Health 24-hour hotline at (833) 734-0020. All health-related questions should be directed to this hotline.
The GVSU COVID call center continues to operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. This call center is staffed by Grand Valley faculty and staff and can assist with GVSU-related COVID-19 questions, and can be reached at (616) 331-4636. Other questions and concerns can also be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay Safe, Lakers
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.
October 22, 2020
A survey has been emailed to some students, faculty and staff for input to help improve testing.
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