The Health Department said that hundreds of people have been involved in the new Kovid-19 cases from the university date till August 24. Before that date only 23 people tested positive.
“This is an urgent situation,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Veal. “Exponential growth of COVID-19 cases must stop.”
The department said the outbreak began as students returned to the East Lansing area for the fall semester. Most MSU classes are online, but “many students had binding off-campus leases or simply desired to return physically 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.”
The quarantine recommendation is not an “emergency order”, but the Health Department warns that “more stringent and mandatory restrictions will be imposed if students do not break compliance and transmission cycles.”
The health department said it would look at licensed homes for more than 10 unaffiliated people “to see if additional measures had been taken.”
“I am concerned about the health and safety of the MSU community and importantly, I am seriously concerned that locally uncontrolled transmission will affect the health and safety of all Ingham County residents,” Weill said.
In a statement, East Lansing Mayor Aaron Stephens urged the students to consider their role in “spreading the community and ultimately, saving lives”.
He said: “We are still seeing a lot of social gatherings in an off-campus community where individuals are in close contact without a face.”
The health department said that the students are called self-quarantined for 14 days, until 11:59 pm on Saturday 26 September. They are allowed to participate in “in-person instruction, lab and intercollegiate athletic training”.
The Health Department stated, “They can leave their homes to work or to receive food, medicine, medical care, or supplies when they cannot be obtained through childbirth or to protect lives May be necessary, ”said the Department of Health.