Briefs 2/7 – Grand Valley Lanthorn

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GV COVID-19 Campus Data Update

The Grand Valley State University community has recorded a cumulative total of 7,053 cases since August 1, 2020. The university’s update for this brief is from Friday, February 4.

Through last week’s test results, GVSU’s Virus Action team has so far reported 385 current active cases, including 12 faculty members, 44 staff members, 82 on-campus students, 142 “off-campus” students. Ottawa campus”, 78 “off Kent campus”. students and 27 “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 past 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 86% of students report being fully vaccinated, while approximately 93% of faculty and staff report being fully vaccinated.

There are currently 2,216 students and 141 faculty/staff with approved vaccination exemptions.

Test and impact: GVSU’s own testing program has conducted a total of 123,826 tests since August 1, 2020, for a cumulative positivity rate of 2.16% since the last update last week. A total of 1,483 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.

GV mourns the death of Beatrice “Bea” Idema

The communities of Grand Valley State University and western Michigan are mourning the death of philanthropist Beatrice “Bea” Idema, who died February 3.

Idema and her late husband, Bill, were longtime supporters of the university. Their donations helped establish the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons on the Allendale campus in 2013.

She received the University Enrichment Award in 2013 and was subsequently inducted into the Hall of Fame.

In 2015, GVSU also awarded Idema an honorary doctorate in public service.

“Bea was a role model for philanthropists and will continue to set an example for women giving in this community,” President Philomena V. Mantella said in a press release. “She has always been interested in the students of Grand Valley and the impact they would have on the future of our region. She had a giving spirit that was truly special. Our hearts are with the Idema family and everyone who loved Bea.

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