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Spike in virus cases at MSU

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than 120 students last week reported positive results for the coronavirus — a “wake-up call to our community,” Michigan State University said Tuesday.

The students, nearly all living off campus, had symptoms and were tested on campus or reported the results from tests performed elsewhere.

President Samuel Stanley Jr. said the numbers were “disappointing but not unexpected.”

“As students return to off-campus housing, some are attending large gatherings where people are in close contact without an appropriate face covering,” he said. “This is the easiest and fastest way for the coronavirus to spread.”

MSU said 124 students and two employees tested positive.

“This spike in cases should serve as a wake-up call to our community about the importance of personal responsibility and following health guidelines,” said Stanley, who is a medical doctor.

The Ingham County health department has limited outdoor gatherings in East Lansing to 25 people who aren’t from the same household. East Lansing also is requiring masks on streets and sidewalks in popular commercial areas.

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