Dear U-M Student,
First, thank you for your ongoing efforts to keep you and your fellow Wolverines safe and healthy.
In the past two weeks since the Washtenaw County Health Department’s “Stay In Place” order for undergraduate students was implemented, we have seen evidence that the spread of COVID-19 and the number of cases among U-M students has declined significantly, especially for on-campus locations. For example prior to the Stay In Place order, more than 60% of Washtenaw County cases were associated with U-M students, and now U-M student cases represent about a third of local COVID-19 cases at 33%.
During the Stay In Place order, the Public Health Response teams also have been able to improve the response times for case investigation and the occupancy of U-M Quarantine & Isolation Housing has improved considerably.
However, even with this positive progress, there is reason to remain concerned and maintain our vigilance. Across the state of Michigan and nationally COVID-19 cases are on the rise. Even within our own campus and near campus communities the rate of new cases remains high despite the improved trends outlined above. For this reason, we ask for your continued effort to control the spread of COVID-19 by wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing and staying home when sick.
Paired with the “Stay in Place order” the past two weeks several important state measures were implemented to further limit the spread of COVID-19. These include:
- Limits on table occupancy in restaurants.
- Limits on size of indoor and outdoor gatherings.
- Restaurants are now required to collect customer contact information to assist with contacting tracing, should it be necessary.
As you finalize plans for returning home, remember that U-M has established a required departure protocol for students living in the residence halls, and that testing is strongly encouraged for students living off campus as well. The exit protocol asks that students schedule a COVID test prior to leaving campus for the semester, and report their results to the University. You can find details about how to schedule and report your test here.
Also important is the need for enhanced social distancing upon arrival at your final destination. This is particularly important if you have recently traveled, attended gatherings with others outside of your household, or if you will be in contact with vulnerable individuals at your permanent residence.
Thank you once again for your efforts to limit the potential spread of COVID-19.
Martino Harmon, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Life
Robert D. Ernst, M.D.
Associate Vice President of Student Life for Health and Wellness
Executive Director of University Health Service