News Briefs 3/14

Mary Dupuis, News Editor

GV COVID-19 campus data update

The Grand Valley State University community has had a cumulative total of 7,279 cases since Aug. 1, 2020. The university’s update for this brief was from Thursday, March 10.

Through testing results this past week, GVSU’s Virus Action team have so far reported 18 current active cases including one faculty member, four staff members, two on-campus students, three “off-campus Ottawa” students, eight “off-campus Kent” students and zero “off-campus other” students with active COVID-19 cases.

“Current active cases” is the count of positive cases reported to the Virus Action Team over the past 10 days.  This is an estimate of those currently in isolation, assuming a 10-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.

Vaccination: GVSU encourages all students, faculty and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. All students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated, barring a medical or religious exemption or postponement. According to the COVID-19 data dashboard, an 80% vaccination rate in the GVSU community is required to reach herd immunity and minimal virus transmission.

Currently, approximately 87% of students report being fully vaccinated, while approximately 94% of faculty and staff reports being fully vaccinated.

There are currently 2,214 students and 139 faculty/staff with approved vaccination exemptions.

Testing and Incidence: GVSU’s own testing program has performed 128,369 tests overall since Aug. 1, 2020, for a cumulative positivity rate of 0.64% from the latest update as of last week. A total of 470 tests were performed over the last seven days.

“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.

GV to host resume and cover letter workshop

Grand Valley State University’s CECI undergraduate advising center and career center are joining together to offer students tips and tricks for creating a solid resume and cover letter. 

On March 16 from noon to 2 p.m. in room 303C in the DeVos Center on the Pew Grand Rapids campus, students are invited to bring copies of their current resumes and cover letters to receive personalized feedback and suggestions for improvement. 

The event is free for students to attend and snacks will be provided. Students are encouraged to RSVP prior to the event.

For those unable to attend this in person workshop, GVSU’s career center offers on-demand resume reviews in person and online at the CareerLab weekly.