Ingham County Health Department has been quite busy since the end of summer, as some MSU (Michigan State University) students have returned to campus. They have been fighting outbreaks of Covid-19, dating back to June when the Harpers super-spreader event happened in East Lansing infecting well over 100 people, with a good percentage of them being MSU students.

“I’m kind of feeling like I’m running out of tools in my toolbox. I’ll find some more,” said Linda Vail, Ingham County Health officer. Vail could further restrict indoor gatherings and put more large apartments and housing complexes on quarantine, the Lansing State Journal reported.

They are feeling challenged after 1,200 more Covid-19 cases have been associated with Michigan State University staff and students. Currently sororities and Fraternities that are close to campus are already under restrictions. 40% of cases reported by Ingham County Health Department since the beginning of the spread in March are from MSU. The University is delivering classes to undergraduate students online. MSU’s residence halls are mostly closed except for a few thousand students.

There is some good news in all of this, Linda Vail says “The rate of positive tests connected to MSU has fallen to 10% from 20%.”

The Grand Valley State University had all its students under a stay in place order until October 1st. According to Vail that action becomes a little more challenging at MSU, but it is not off the table. The challenge continues as we head into fall, and the Ingham County Health Department is doing their best to keep this virus under control. Remember, you should always wear a mask in public, practice social distancing and wash your hands often.

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