COVID-19 Case Management

Although SVSU is taking steps to protect the health and safety of our campus community, there is the possibility that employees and students could test positive for COVID-19 after returning to campus.

As part of the Cardinal NEST Plan — New Expectations for a Safer Tomorrow — the university is providing steps on how positive cases are managed and communicated.

Managing Positive Cases

  • When notified of an employee or student who has tested positive, SVSU’s COVID Case Managers will work with the county health departments and medical professionals focusing on the health and well-being of the individual. The university will report the case, initiate contact tracing and connect with anyone who is identified as a close contact.
  • The CDC defines close contact as having been within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer without appropriate PPE, 48 hours prior to when symptoms first started with the infected individual.
  • Faculty, staff and students who are identified as a close contact should quarantine for fourteen days regardless of test results.
  • Faculty, staff and students who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate at their permanent residence. SVSU has reserved space for residential students who may be unable to return home.


You will be contacted only if you are identified through contact tracing as having come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. If you are not identified as a close contact by SVSU or the County Health Department, you have no special precautions to take at this time and will not be contacted.

SVSU will not send a university-wide communication each time a positive case occurs. Positive cases will be tracked and updated weekly (see below for the latest number of confirmed cases in our campus community).

SVSU or the County Health Department may contact an employee's supervisor if further contact tracing of the COVID-19 positive individual is needed; however, the actual test result and all other protected health information will not be disclosed.


Individuals on campus who are not symptomatic but would like to be tested can find testing sites at the Michigan COVID-19 Test Finder.

If you test positive for coronavirus, no matter where you are tested, you should immediately notify SVSU through COVID Case Management at

Returning to Campus after a Positive Diagnosis

Permission to return to campus will be given when all of these conditions are met:

  • The individual remains fever-free without the use of fever reducers for 24 hours
  • The individual shows improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath).
  • It has been at least 10 days since their symptoms first appeared.

At the direction of their supervisor, employees may be required to provide documentation from their health care provider before returning to work.

Confirmed Cases

View COVID-19 Reporting Dashboard

Please Respect the Individual's Privacy

Please do not identify individuals who are COVID-positive or are waiting for a COVID-19 test result — even if you believe you or others know who they are — so they can focus completely on their health. As a community, we should support these individuals and one another through this incredibly difficult time, while respecting individual privacy.

What Can You Do?

COVID-19 continues to have an impact on all of our daily lives. It is vitally important that we continue to utilize the tools that we have to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 — wearing of face coverings by faculty, staff and students; observance of at least six feet social distancing; and the practice of good hygiene that includes regularly washing one’s hands and cleaning and sanitizing work and study spaces.

Please stay safe and healthy, and follow the best practices that health experts continue to stress during the pandemic. Click here for more information on SVSU's Cardinal NEST Plan — New Expectations for a Safer Tomorrow.





NEST Info Line
(989) 964-2110

Undergraduate Admissions
(989) 964-4200

Graduate Admissions
(989) 964-6096