Live Desk Conversation: GVSU safety protocols for coming semester

Ottawa County

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Friday’s Live Desk Conversation welcomed in Greg Sanial and Maria Cimitile of Grand Valley State University to discuss sanitation on campus as students plan to return this weekend.

Sanial is the head of the Virus Action Team for the university and also the vice president for finance and administration. Cimitile is the provost.

“We converted the classic bunk bed college dorm kind of thing; those have all become singles,” Sanial said of dorm transformations. “Normally we around 6,000. 6,100 student beds on campus. We’re only occupying about 5,000, 4,900 right now to create that spacing that we need for the social distancing.”

“Wearing your mask is incredibly important still,” Cimitile added. “Even with vaccinations, we will still ask people to wear a mask and wear them properly, which means cover both your nose and your mouth, both indoors and even outdoors.”

Sanial and Cimitile also hit on testing for students and vaccinations for those who are eligible at this time, be it faculty, staff or at-risk students.

You can watch a replay of the Live Desk Conversation above or on WOOD TV8’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

We apologize for the spotty echo at the beginning of the stream. It was corrected around the four-minute mark. 

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