Briefs 3/21 – 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 7,303 cases since August 1, 2020. The university’s update for this brief is as of Thursday, March 17.

Through last week’s test results, GVSU’s Virus Action team has so far reported 25 current active cases, including one faculty member, four staff members, two on-campus students, 12 “off-campus” students. Ottawa campus”, four “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 129,038 tests since August 1, 2020, for a cumulative positivity rate of 0.76% since the last update last week. A total of 661 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 testing as well as all symptom/exposure testing administered by Spectrum.

Michigan Science Olympiad Regional Competition Returns to GV In Person

The Michigan Region 12 Science Olympiad event has returned to Grand Valley State University in an all-in-person format for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Organized by the GVSU Regional Center for Mathematics and Science, nearly 700 middle and high school students from Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties joined to exhibit their work.

On March 19, the competition’s 46 scheduled events were held at numerous locations across the Allendale campus, with headquarters located in the Fieldhouse Arena. The events started at 8:30 a.m. and ended with an awards ceremony at 4 p.m.

Of the 46 teams that competed, six middle school teams and six high school teams qualified for the state tournament.

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