There have been more than 600 cases of COVID-19 among students
since Aug. 23, with the majority among students living off
campus, Ottawa County health officials said.
The move came a few days after a similar order was issued to
students living in fraternities, sororities and seven large
rental properties near Michigan State University.
The stay-in-place order for GVSU starts Thursday. Students must
stick to their on-campus or off-campus residence unless
attending classes, exercising, getting food, seeking health care
or working at an essential job.
Students cannot return to their home community unless there's an
emergency. GVSU has 23,500 students.
``GVSU student interaction with the broader community greatly
increases the risk of community disease spread which may result
in serious illness or death,'' said Dr. Paul Heidel, the
county's medical director.
``We need students to take the ... order seriously and be
vigilant to help stop the spread of COVID-19,`` Heidel said.
GVSU athletes can practice sports if a doctor is present, though
the health department is ``strongly'' discouraging it.
editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, the Grand Valley
Lanthorn, said students are wondering how the restrictions
will be enforced.
``When you have a campus community, it's hard to open a window
and not hear music or students moving house to house,
socializing at night, like you would in any other year,'' Moran
GVSU President Philomena Mantella said in-person classes
``The order is really focused on those areas where students
congregate socially and it really kind of acknowledges that
we're not seeing the transmission in our university facilities,
busing, the kinds of places that you may also look for the virus
to be at levels that are high,'' Mantella said.