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GV COVID-19 Campus Data Update

The Grand Valley State University community has recorded a cumulative total of 7,353 cases since August 1, 2020. The university’s update for this brief is as of Thursday, March 31.

Through last week’s test results, GVSU’s Virus Action team has so far reported 35 current active cases, including two faculty members, two staff members, nine on-campus students, eight “off-campus” students. Ottawa campus”, 12 “off Kent campus”. students and two “off-campus” students with active cases of COVID-19.

“Current active cases” is the number of positive cases reported to the virus action team in the last 10 days. This is an estimate of people currently in isolation, assuming a 10-day symptomatic period after reporting a positive test result. Actual periods of isolation are specific to the individual and determined by the county health department.

Vaccination: GVSU encourages all students, faculty, and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. All students, faculty and staff must be fully immunized unless medical or religious exemption or postponement. According to the COVID-19 Data Dashboard, an 80% vaccination rate in the GVSU community is needed to achieve herd immunity and minimal transmission of the virus.

Currently, approximately 87% of students report being fully vaccinated, while approximately 93% of faculty and staff report being fully vaccinated.

There are currently 2,214 students and 139 faculty/staff with approved vaccination exemptions.

Test and impact: GVSU’s own testing program has conducted a total of 130,592 tests since August 1, 2020, for a cumulative positivity rate of 0.91% since the last update last week. A total of 769 tests have been carried out over the past seven days.

“GV Surveillance” includes random testing programs administered by GV/Spectrum, regular testing of high-risk groups, and guest testing of individuals connected to potential clusters. A calendar is available. “GV Total” includes surveillance tests as well as all symptom/exposure tests administered by Spectrum.

Robotics students receive GV scholarships

Two high school students recently received scholarships to Grand Valley State University in For the inspiration and recognition of science and technology (FIRST) District Robotics Competition by President Philomena Mantella.

The three-day competition hosted nearly 40 teams from across the state and was the first in-person FIRST Robotics competition held at GVSU since 2019.

Adam Kroese of East Grand Rapids High School and Jordan Gabrielse of South Christian High School were each accepted to GVSU and received $20,000 scholarships in the competition.

Both students were active in FIRST throughout their college and high school years and expressed an interest in pursuing an engineering degree while in college.

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