GVSU President releases statement to students regarding Coronavirus

Posted at 4:41 PM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 16:41:53-04

ALLENDALE, Mich. — Early Friday evening, the office of Grand Valley State president Philomena Mantella released a statement to students and faculty regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus).

In the statement which every student and faculty member received via email at 7 p.m. on Friday, Mantella stressed that safeguarding the community's health and well-being is "of paramount importance", and alerted students that there have been no confirmed cases in Michigan or on campus. Because of this, activities will begin as normal on Monday morning.

Mantella went on to say that GVSU's Incident Management Team has been meeting regularly, communicating with federal, state and local public health officials, and have planned a response in case circumstances.

Being that some GVSU students traveled over spring break, Mantella stressed that any student who visitied countries with a Warning Level 3 Health Notice (China, Iran, Italy and South Korea) should notify the Dean of Student's Office at 616-331-3585. She also said that faculty and staff members who have traveled to any of these affected areas should notify their direct supervisors as they would if reporting an illness.

"Your health and our campus safety is my highest priority," Mantella said in the email. "We are taking prudent, evidenced-based steps in dealing with what we know now, while planning for adjustments in our activity if and when warranted."

For those looking for more information as to what steps GVSU students, staff, and faculty members should take, a website has been created to share information and updates. The site can be found at