COVID-19: The Latest At The U Of M And At Michigan State

Sep 8, 2020

A sign outside the Michigan State University Student Union building alerts students to MSU's face covering rule.
Credit (AP Photo/Anna Nichols)

Michigan State University says 124 students reported positive results for the coronavirus last week. Nearly all the students live off campus. They had symptoms and were tested on campus or reported the results from tests performed elsewhere. President Samuel Stanley Jr. said the numbers are “disappointing but not unexpected.” Nonetheless, Stanley says it's a “wake-up call” to the community. Ingham County health officials have limited outdoor gatherings in East Lansing to 25 people. East Lansing also is requiring masks on streets and sidewalks in popular commercial areas near campus. 

Graduate students who teach classes are on strike at the University of Michigan over in-person instruction during the coronavirus pandemic and other issues. The strikers chanted and held umbrellas while marching in the rain Tuesday. The Graduate Employees’ Organization, which represents more than 1,000 instructors, has called for a four-day strike. The vast majority of classes at the University of Michigan have shifted to online. But the union said the university isn’t doing enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It also wants the campus police budget cut by 50% and an end to cooperation with Ann Arbor police.