News Briefs 2/22/2021

Mary Racette

GV COVID-19 campus data update

The GVSU community has had a cumulative total of 2,358 COVID-19 cases since Aug. 1. The university’s update for this brief was from Friday, Feb. 19.  

Through testing results this past week, GVSU’s Virus Action team have so far reported 35 current active cases including 2 staff members, 3 on-campus students, 8 “off-campus Ottawa” students, 7 “off-campus Kent” students and 2 “off-campus other” student with active COVID-19 cases.

“Current active cases” is the count of positive cases reported to the Virus Action Team over the past ten days.  This is an estimate of those currently in isolation, assuming a ten-day symptomatic period following the reporting of a positive test result. Actual periods of isolation are specific to the individual and determined by the county health department.

Testing and Incidence: GVSU’s own testing program has performed 51,779 tests overall since August 21, for a cumulative positivity rate of 1.55% from the latest update as of last week.

“GV Surveillance” includes the GV/Spectrum administered programs of: randomized testing, regular testing of high-risk groups, and invited testing of individuals connected to potential clusters. A calendar is available. “GV Total” includes surveillance testing plus all symptomatic/exposure tests administered by Spectrum.

Past, present GV presidents discuss role of U.S. Constitution

Prompted by the Jan. 6, Capital attack, Grand Valley State University President Philomena V. Mantella will be kicking off the new Presidential Roundtable discussions on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. Students interested in attending the virtual event are required to RSVP.

Mantella will be joined by former presidents Thomas Haas, Mark Murray and Arend Lubbers to discuss the role of the U.S. Constitution and how America can move forward after the violence at the Capital.

Jeffery Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, will also join the discussion.

Newly-launched MyBlueLaker app makes checking grades easier 

In an effort to provide students with functional and app-based solutions to their needs, GVSU is offering a new app to help students easily monitor their classes. MyBlueLaker is integrated with Blackboard, so connected courses are updated on the app as soon as professors update Blackboard.

In addition to real-time grade information, the app allows students to view information from the Banner system such as registration status and GPA information.

The MyBlueLaker app is now available for students on the web and to download on both the Apple Store and Google Play.