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GV COVID-19 Campus Data Update

The Grand Valley State University community has recorded a cumulative total of 5,340 cases since August 1, 2020. The university’s update for this brief is from Friday, January 7.

Through last week’s test results, GVSU’s Virus Action team has so far reported 467 current active cases, including 17 faculty members, 51 staff members, 67 on-campus students, 188 “off-campus” students. Ottawa campus”, 127 “off Kent campus”. students and 17 “off-campus other” 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 symptomatic period of ten days 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 81% of students report being fully vaccinated, while approximately 92% of faculty and staff report being fully vaccinated.

There are currently 2,381 students and 148 faculty/staff with approved vaccination exemptions.

Test and impact: GVSU’s own testing program has conducted a total of 115,768 tests since August 1, 2020, for a cumulative positivity rate of 16.77% since the last update last week. A total of 495 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.

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. begins monitoring air quality

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) recently launched a new air quality monitoring pilot program in downtown Grand Rapids and surrounding neighborhoods.

JustAir sensors have been installed in the area to measure air quality in neighborhoods and give the community the ability to see, measure and report the air quality in their area.

Due to differences in air quality between neighborhoods, JustAir hopes to use the data collected by the sensors to find ways to improve air quality for everyone.

To sign up for local air quality alerts or to view a recent hourly air quality dashboard or index, people are encouraged to explore the JustAir Grand Rapids website, accessible through the DGRI website.

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