In late 2020, daily COVID-19 new case counts topped over 5,000 in Missouri and over 300,000 in the United States.
The situation has improved dramatically with daily case counts now under 2,000 in Missouri and under 150,000 nationwide.
We are experiencing a similar trend on campus. In the last several weeks of the fall semester, we had between 40 and 70 COVID-19 cases on campus each week. The prevalence of COVID-19 in our campus community has decreased, and we have had between 10 and 20 COVID-19 cases on campus each of the last three weeks.
While vaccine rollout has been slower than many of us hoped, it is steadily progressing. More people have now been vaccinated than have had the coronavirus. Authorities indicate that the U.S. will have enough doses to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of the summer or early fall.
More than 600 of our employees have been vaccinated. We have administered 1,294 first vaccine doses through Magers Health and Wellness Center, and we will be administering second doses to those individuals this week.
While we still have not received additional vaccine (beyond what is necessary to administer second doses), we continue to work with state authorities and our local healthcare providers to obtain more vaccine.
Planning for the future
We should be encouraged. All of this is good news. As vaccination numbers continue to grow and new case counts continue to shrink, the world can gradually shift closer to normalcy.
At Missouri State, we must make this shift as well. We are in the process of developing plans for the summer and fall. The landscape is shifting, so we must develop new and different plans than those we developed for this academic year.
Together we can create an educational environment for the fall that allows our students, faculty and staff to thrive while still protecting the health and safety of our community. If you have ideas or input as we make fall plans, please email them to President@MissouriState.edu.
Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!
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