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This page is being updated during the week of August 10. This disclaimer will be removed when this update is complete.
Information on this page revolves around GVSU's approach to items from the "4T-IQ" list: Tracking, Technology, Testing, Tracing, Isolation and Quarantine. Included is policy language, related videos, and frequently asked questions.
This page is maintained by GVSU's Virus Action Team (VAT). Vice President for Finance and Administration Greg Sanial directs the team that includes project manager Lisa Haynes; faculty liaisons: professor of biomedical sciences Doug Graham, associate professor of physics Ben Holder, and program director and associate professor of occupational safety and health Dave Huizen; tracking and tracing leads: Jean Nagelkerk and Tina Barnikow; academic affairs lead: Ed Aboufadel; student affairs and experience leads: Lynn (Chick) Blue, Nykia Gaines and Kate Harmon. Three members will devote all their energies to this team, while the remaining members will dedicate significant time working daily with the team. The VAT monitors the health and safety in the Grand Valley community as well as the surrounding region, and will report to the Senior Leadership Team.
Spectrum Health Infectious disease specialist Habiba Hassouna, M.D. serves as a consultant.
Spectrum Health has established a 24/7 COVID hotline for GVSU. Details after August 17.
Any health monitoring questions or concerns should be sent to: email@example.com.
For our tracking efforts, the Virus Action Team vigorously monitors data on the current spread of COVID-19, and risks of further spread at the national, state, regional, and campus levels.
Collecting data at the Campus Level
Data at the National, State, or Regional Level
Recognizing the Symptoms of COVID-19
As described by the CDC, "Viral tests check samples from your respiratory system, such as a swab from the inside of your nose, to see if you are currently infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19."
Availability and Costs of Testing
GVSU Testing Plans
An Introduction to COVID-19 Testing
Contact tracing is the process of quickly identifying, assessing, and managing people who have been exposed to a disease to prevent additional transmission. The government of the State of Michigan has published information about contact tracing in the State.
All positive tests are reported to county health departments. Grand Valley has a close working relationship with Ottawa and Kent county health departments and will work with them to support their tracking and tracing efforts within our community. Spectrum Health will assist in providing follow-up with all students who are in quarantine (been exposed to someone positive) or in isolation following a positive test. Nearly 20 of our students will be hired to work as contact tracers with the county health departments through the GVSU Student Employment SE+ program.
What is Contact Tracing?
Isolation is required of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. Quarantine is required of individuals who have been exposed to others who have tested positive.
All students who need to quarantine or isolate will be supported. We do have plans to care for students who are quarantined or in isolation, and they will receive more detailed information from Housing and Residence Life and the Dean of Students Office by August 17.
Faculty and staff who need to be quarantined or isolated should work with their appointing officer to determine the best course of action, as each case will need individual attention.
The Difference Between Quarantine and Isolation