“At least one of the new cases recently attended parties or social gatherings, and at least one third of those gatherings are associated with a fraternity or witchcraft” The Ingham County Health Department said in a statement.
340 cases in more than 50,000 universities Dated August 24, when the students returned to the former Lansing, Mich., Area. In the preceding three weeks, only 23 people tested positive at the university.
Guidance is a recommendation, not an emergency order. The Health Department stated that “more stringent and mandatory restrictions will be imposed if the students’ compliance and transmission cycle is not broken.”
“This is an urgent situation,” Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Veal said in a statement. “The exponential growth of COVID-19 cases should stop … If we don’t slow down the spread immediately, we will deal with the results across the county for the coming months.”
Health department officials said most of the classes at MSU are online, although “many students had an off-campus lease or only a desire to physically return to the university community.”
“We are committed to doing everything to prevent the spread of MSU COVID-19,” Michigan State University Physician David Weismantel said in the statement.
“The safety of our entire community is a priority and we all have a role in preventing the virus from spreading. This recommendation from the Department of Health is another tool to help us do so.”
Mayor of East Lansing Aaron Stephens urged students to pursue parties or social gatherings.
“We are still seeing a lot of social gatherings in an off-campus community where people are in contact without a face,” Stephen said in a statement.