Archived COVID-19 Updates

UPDATE APRIL 9, 2020 (10:00am)

The safety of the MSU community is something we take seriously. 

At the request of Recreational Sports and Fitness Services and Residential Hospitality and Services (RHS), outdoor recreational equipment not consistent with the CDC's social distancing standards has been temporarily removed and stored until further notice. The following equipment has been removed:

  • All basketball rims and volleyball nets at IM and RHS facilities
  • All soccer goals
  • Playgrounds at Spartan Day Care and Child Development Lab

The decision to remove the equipment was based on the health and wellness of the community. While physical activity is greatly encouraged, social distancing must be consistently practiced.

Please stay up-to-date on MSU's response at www.msu.edu/coronavirus.

 

UPDATE APRIL 2, 2020 (2:00pm)

As part of our efforts to comply with Gov. Whitmer's Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order, we have limited the number of on-site skilled trades and custodial staff to those necessary in maintaining essential operations of campus facilities. As a result, requests for service will be prioritized based on available resources. This shift in service may result in slower than normal response times.

We have purchased additional disinfecting equipment, including misting systems, to clean areas more quickly. We have also made cleaning solution and spray bottles available upon request for on-campus workspaces, and have increased hand sanitation stations throughout campus. Spaces may occasionally receive a more stringent cleaning response out of an abundance of caution.

In these cases, you may see workers wearing additional personal protective equipment while sanitizing a campus space, including Tyvek suits and masks. Please do not be alarmed if you see these workers. This activity does not indicate the presence of a known case of illness but is a precautionary measure to ensure the health and safety of our campus community.

Additionally, some departments have temporarily limited their level of available services:

Key Shop

  • Key delivery has been suspended
  • Key pickups can be done at the Key Shop service window (IPF Building, room 147) from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Transportation Services

  • Motor Pool will offer reduced house from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Recycling Services

  • Limited to the collection of cardboard recycling in buildings still open
  • Community recycling drop-off site is closed until further notice

Custodial Services

  • The only campus buildings that will receive normal custodial service are the Clinical Center, FRIB, MSU Police, Olin Health Center, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, and the Veterinary Medical Center.
  • Occupants in all other non-RHS buildings are asked to maintain their own spaces the best they can, removing trash as necessary. If you have an urgent need for custodial service, please call (517) 353-1760.

Please stay up-to-date on MSU's response at www.msu.edu/coronavirus.

 

UPDATE MARCH 16, 2020 (4:00pm)

Even though most academic classroom spaces will remain vacant after the university suspended in-person classes through the end of the semester, we know that many university units continue operating. 

We want to assure the MSU community that IPF will continue to support the functions of the university as it always has, keeping the campus running during this challenging period. As part of our efforts, we have committed to increased cleaning levels in buildings that remain open.

Custodial staff time has been refocused to more frequent cleaning of building touchpoints, such as door handles, stairwell railings and common-area tables.

Our cleaning staff is equipped with viricidal disinfectants, disinfecting misting equipment and HEPA-filtration backpack vacuums, and has received extensive training in their use. Our cleaning materials, equipment and training collectively ensure that cleaning for health remains our top priority.

We have also increased the number of hand sanitizer stations and have placed posters with valuable information on personal hygiene and safety in the bathrooms of all academic buildings. Due to our shift in priorities, you may notice that other less-critical efforts, including floor cleaning and office detail work, may undergo temporary changes in schedule.

If assistance is needed, or if cleaning is requested, please dial (517) 353-1760. We are available 24/7.

Due to many areas on campus working remotely, the Transportation Services Motor Pool office hours are changing, effective Tuesday, March 17 and lasting until further notice. New hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

We will continue to post updates on campus functions and facilities here, as well as our Twitter page.

Updates on the university's response can be found at at www.msu.edu/coronavirus.

 

UPDATE MARCH 13, 2020 (2:30pm)

The university has not moved to “modified operations.”

A March 13 communication from President Stanley requested units take measures to encourage any employee who is able to work from home to do so.

While some IPF employees may be working remotely, our core level of support of the university’s functions and facilities has not changed. We will continue to support the university in a business-as-usual fashion with the exception of those employees who can manage their work remotely.

As we move through an evolving response to COVID-19, we want to again highlight how our team is maintaining campus:

Custodial Services use the (OS1)® System, a comprehensive, high-performance management system for custodial organizations. Each MSU Custodial Services employee has received extensive training and has been certified to complete specialized tasks within the system. Employees are further specialized to use special tools and chemicals, including the use of germicidal cleaners for outbreak situations.

As a part of our planning, we have completed or are in the process of completing the following steps to combat COVID-19, including providing custodial workers with additional training on proper disinfection protocols, and maintaining additional cleaning and disinfection supplies. We also have given additional instruction to employees on how they can protect themselves from infection.

Our team is meeting on a regular basis and is prepared to increase cleaning frequencies or change priorities when it is deemed appropriate. The safety of our students, staff, and faculty is something we take seriously.

Please stay up-to-date on MSU's response at www.msu.edu/coronavirus.

The MSU Surplus Store will be closed to the public until April 20. Customers who have purchased items requiring pick up can call 517-355-1723 for an appointment. Online sales and shipping will continue at this time.

If assistance is needed, or if you need to request cleaning, please dial (517) 353-1760. We are available 24/7.

We will continue to post updates on campus functions and facilities here, as well as our Twitter page.

 

UPDATE MARCH 11, 2020 (4:30pm)

We are continuing our support of the university’s response to COVID-19 by providing resources and insight as students transition to online classes, effective March 11.

We have received questions regarding the cancellation process for previously booked on-campus events. While face-to-face instruction is suspended until April 20, previously scheduled campus events and bookings through IPF’s campus events require customers to submit official cancellations. The suspension of on-campus instruction does not cancel previously booked events.

Customers seeking to cancel an on-campus event must submit a notice of cancellation to ipf.campusevents@msu.edu, including the name, date, and location of the event. If possible, include the PR# or SR#.

Improper cancellations may result in unexpected charges.

Questions regarding events and our cancellation procedures can be directed to ipf.campusevents@msu.edu.

 

UPDATE MARCH 11, 2020 (1:00pm)

As of noon March 11, MSU has suspended face-to-face instruction until April 20 to stem the spread of COVID-19. The MSU community is asked to practice social distancing during this time.

Updates on the university's response can be found at at www.msu.edu/coronavirus.

 

ORIGINAL POST MARCH 6, 2020

MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities along with other university units are closely monitoring the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

As of March 6, there are no confirmed cases in Michigan and no suspected cases at MSU. While the risk to the immediate MSU community is low, we believe it is important to brief you on the cleaning practices used within our facilities and detail our plans in keeping campus healthy and safe. Please stay up-to-date on MSU's response at www.msu.edu/coronavirus

Our Custodial Services team maintains hundreds of campus buildings, serving thousands of faculty, staff, students, and visitors daily. We practice best-in-class cleaning processes to hinder the spread of germs and infection and limit the opportunity for pathogens to spread throughout our facilities.

We use the (OS1)® System, a comprehensive, high-performance management system for custodial organizations. Each MSU Custodial Services employee has received extensive training and has been certified to complete specialized tasks within the system. Employees are further specialized to use special tools and chemicals, including the use of germicidal cleaners for outbreak situations.

As a part of our planning, we have completed or are in the process of completing the following steps to combat COVID-19, including providing custodial workers with additional training on proper disinfection protocols, and maintaining additional cleaning and disinfection supplies. We also have given additional instruction to employees on how they can protect themselves from infection.

The university has assembled a task force to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and its impact to MSU. The task force is making recommendations to the university based on guidance from a number of organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Our team is working diligently to keep campus healthy and safe. We ask the MSU community for cooperation in our efforts. While there are no additional precautions recommended for the campus community at this time, it is important to remember the steps you can take to prevent the spread of any virus, including the flu:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid large crowds in areas where viruses are prevalent.
  • Stay home when sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean doorknobs, light switches and commonly touched areas with disinfectant wipes frequently.

The safety of our students, staff, and faculty is something we take seriously. It is important to note that at this point, the CDC has not recommended additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning. However, our teams are meeting on a regular basis and are prepared to increase cleaning frequencies or change priorities when it is deemed appropriate.

In collaboration with Michigan State University and the University Physician, IPF will continue to monitor the health and wellness of the campus community and will address updates as they come. 

If assistance is needed, or if you need to request cleaning, please dial (517) 353-1760. We are available 24/7.

Updates on campus functions and facilities can be found on our Twitter page.


 

Resources

Stay up-to-date with Michigan State University's response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

What to know about CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PDF

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