Western Michigan University coronavirus case total nearly at 600

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KALAMAZOO — Sindecuse Health Center at Western Michigan University reported 87 new coronavirus cases Friday, Oct. 10, pushing the total number of coronavirus cases since students returned in August to 598.

Across four residence halls, there are currently 23 cases, university spokesperson Paula Davis told MLive on Friday. The university has not provided a breakdown of the amount of cases in each dorm, and it remains unclear exactly how many students living on-campus have been infected.

The cases reported Tuesday stem from positive test results from Oct. 2 through Oct. 7, as the school has been updating its COVID-19 dashboard with data each Tuesday and Friday evening.

Sindecuse reports results from Thursday and Friday of the week prior on Tuesday, and reports results from Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the following Friday. The health center is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

So far, about 12% of the 23,363 students enrolled at WMU have been tested for coronavirus.

For now, the amount of testing is trending up, as 372 more tests were performed over the last five days than in the previous five-day stretch leading up to Oct. 1.

Vice President of Student Affairs Diane Anderson sent students an email Wednesday, Oct. 7, reminding them to remain vigilant in their mitigation strategies like hand washing, wearing a mask and properly socially distancing.

“Largely, we are seeing strong compliance across the campus community,” Anderson said. “In-person classes continue to be safe, and we thank those who have been following the rules. But, in recent days, we also have had instances in four residence halls where not all of our community members have been compliant and thus experienced the consequences.”

In the email, Anderson said the university has employed disciplinary sanctions when students have not complied with safety measures. The university said it would


Reliving Ohio State vs. Michigan 1968, The Game that defined Woody Hayes’ career: Buckeye Talk Podcast

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — In 1968, Woody Hayes had arguably his most significant moment as the head coach of the Ohio State football team.

The Buckeyes went on to win a national championship by capping off a 10-0 season win a win over USC in the Rose Bowl, but the highlight of the year was the win over Michigan.

Led by the Class of 1970 — better known as the “Super Sophomores” — the Buckeyes dominated Michigan on the way to a 50-14 win, securing their first Big Ten championship since 1961. That victory seemed like a sign of things to come from a 12-man group headlined by Rex Kern, Jack Tatum and Jim Stillwagon.

Ed Chay described the Buckeyes’ performance that afternoon as “magnificent and superb” in his game story in The Plain Dealer. He called it “Ohio State’s finest hour” as it scored 36 consecutive points in the final three quarters.

• Ohio State football fans recall shocking 1969 loss at Michigan: “One of the worst days of my life’

“A record throng of 85,370 delirious fans almost rocked Ohio Stadium’s historic 47-year-old oval off its foundations with thunderous approval as the Buckeyes completely destroyed their most bitter rivals in the game that meant so much,” Chay wrote.

Ohio State vs. Michigan on November 23, 1968, is the fifth episode of our Buckeye ReTalkables series. Previously covered were:

• Ohio State at Virginia Tech, 2015

• Ohio State vs. Oregon, 2010 Rose Bowl

• Ohio State vs. Notre Dame, 1995

• Ohio State vs. Penn State, 2017

This was the game that best defines the Hayes’ 28-year tenure in Columbus, and that’s what we’re reliving on the latest Buckeye Talk Podcast. It’s why every Ohio State fans should watch the game at least once in their lives. You can


Getting off-campus COVID-19 tests often easier and faster, University of Michigan students say

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ANN ARBOR, MI — The number of coronavirus cases at the University of Michigan has increased in recent weeks, and a majority of students with positive cases have chosen to get tested off campus.

It’s simpler, faster and more convenient than being tested at University Health Services, some students said.

UM updated its dashboard in late September to reflect the number of positive cases tested outside the university. Since Sept. 13, there have been 607 positive cases in the UM community with 409 of these positive cases being tested off campus.

After update, University of Michigan coronavirus dashboard shows more than 100 positive cases in last 2 weeks

A majority of positive cases since Sept. 13 were from tests done outside UM facilities, according to data on the dashboard, and students say they have had differing experiences trying to get tested at UHS.

Students can contact UHS to get tested in a number of ways, said Andie Ransom, co-lead for UHS’ COVID-19 planning and response. The most popular is an online questionnaire, which UHS employees respond to and give students a call to assess them over the phone, taking into account whether they sound sick, if they’re coughing or short of breath or talking in full sentences.

From there, UHS determines whether the student needs to go to the UHS clinic or get a COVID-19 test at the Power Center, which the university has been using as a testing site since August, Ransom said.

For some students, like Ollie Paulus, a sophomore from Huntsville, Alabama, getting a COVID-19 test using the questionnaire was easy. However, others, like Katie Furman, a Ph.D. student from New Jersey, experienced long wait times after submitting the questionnaire.

Furman had a headache, cough and shortness of breath the morning of Oct. 5, she said, prompting


VelocityEHS Obtains Exclusive Rights to University of Michigan 3D Software to Optimize Its …

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CHICAGO, Oct. 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — VelocityEHS, the global leader in cloud-based environment, health, safety (EHS) and sustainability solutions, today announced it has secured exclusive rights to sell and support the 3D Static Strength Prediction Program™ (3D SSPP™), an ergonomics job analysis and design tool developed by the University of Michigan Center for Ergonomics that quantifies biomechanical requirements during manual materials handling tasks. Based on over 50 years of research by the Center for Ergonomics, the software helps users analyze the biomechanical and static strength capabilities of employees in relation to the physical demands of the work environment to develop methods that prevent the risks that lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Together with VelocityEHS’ Humantech Ergonomics Solutions, the software further enhances how organizations can use the science of ergonomics to lower risk of injuries and improve workplace performance.

According to the 2019 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, overexertion—which includes lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, and carrying—is the top cause of non-fatal workplace injuries in the United States, accounting for 23 percent of all non-fatal workplace injuries and $13.11 billion in direct costs per year.

“Providing solutions that incorporate the Michigan 3D SSPP technology is just one more way VelocityEHS is defining the industry through workplace ergonomics,” said James Mallon, President of VelocityEHS’ Humantech. “By giving companies cutting-edge technology coupled with proven methods, their ergonomics improvement processes gain efficiency and help them focus on designing a better workplace. Now, with 3D SSPP, we offer the most comprehensive suite of assessment tools in the marketplace, furthering our drive to improve the lives of the working population.”

Developed by Don Chaffin, the Richard G Snyder Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Industrial Operations and Engineering and founder of the Center for Ergonomics at the University of Michigan, the 3D SSPP software predicts static


Michigan State University Foundation Names Kermitt Brooks as New Board Member

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Michigan State University Foundation Names Kermitt Brooks as New Board Member

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EAST LANSING, Mich., Oct. 7, 2020

Brooks brings insurance and legal industry expertise to the MSU Foundation and MSU community

EAST LANSING, Mich., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Michigan State University Foundation announced today that Kermitt Brooks, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, has been appointed to the organization’s board of directors.

Kermitt Brooks joins the MSU Foundation's Board of Directors.
Kermitt Brooks joins the MSU Foundation’s Board of Directors.

“I am pleased to welcome Kermitt to the MSU Foundation’s board of directors,” said Randolph Cowen, Chair of MSU Foundation. “During his three-decade career, Kermitt has been a trusted advisor and regulator with a depth and breadth of experience that will serve his alma mater.”

Brooks is a member of Guardian’s executive leadership team and is responsible for managing the company’s enterprise-wide legal, compliance, corporate governance and government affair functions.

Before Guardian, Brooks served at AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, where he was Senior Executive Director and General Counsel. As a former official at both the New York State Insurance Department (now the New York Department of Financial Services) and New York State Office of the Attorney General, Brooks served as First Deputy Superintendent and Deputy Attorney General of Operations, respectively.

“We are excited to welcome Kermitt to the board,” said David Washburn, MSU Foundation Executive Director. “His broad background and experience will help our organization better serve Michigan State and the mission of the MSU Foundation.”

Brooks received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from James Madison College at MSU. Brooks also received his law degree from the University of Michigan and is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut and several federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

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