ANN ARBOR, MI — The University of Michigan posted 11 public health notices Friday alerting the public that 23 students who lived at or visited various buildings on campus have tested positive for COVID-19.
UM’s Department of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) was notified Sept. 17 that five residents living on the third and fourth floors of Markley Hall tested positive for COVID-19, according to a notice. There were also four cases on the first and third floors of West Quad, as well as four cases on the third, fifth and sixth floors of Alice Lloyd Residence Hall, the notices say.
One of the positive cases in Alice Lloyd also worked at the Mosher-Jordan Blue Cafe and Market, the notice says. Their last day of work at the dining hall was Sept. 13, and their last day at Alice Lloyd was Sept. 18.
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A case from West Quad spent time at the Michigan Union on Sept. 9 and 13, the notice says. EHS was made aware Sept. 17 that another infected person visited the Union on Sept. 12 and 14. Areas where the case was present have been cleaned, disinfected or isolated, the notice says.
The first and fifth floors of Mosher-Jordan; third and eighth floors of South Quad; and third and fourth floors of Stockwell all had positive cases, the notices say. The cases at Mosher-Jordan were last in the building Sept. 16, and the cases at South Quad and Stockwell were relocated from the building Sept. 17, according to the notices.
UM sent out a public health notice Sept. 17 identifying a cluster of 19 coronavirus cases with most cases coming from the sixth and eighth floors of South Quad. Residents on those floors are expected to follow enhanced social distancing until Oct. 1, the notice says, and the total number of cases in the cluster is now 21.
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The fourth floor of East Quad, third floor of Munger Graduate Residences and Seeley House at Oxford Housing all reported one case, according to the notices.
EHS worked with the Washtenaw County Health Department to conduct a risk assessment to determine close contacts of each individual, the notices say. There is no increased risk of exposure or need to isolate if they were not contacted by an EHS contact tracer, the notices say.
According to UM’s COVID-19 dashboard, 28 students have tested positive since Sept. 13 and 72 have tested positive in the last two weeks. More than 4,200 tests have been administered in the last 14 days, the dashboard says.
Residents and employees should continue to adhere to the following guidance:
- Wear a face covering or mask.
- Practice physical distancing by spacing yourself at least six feet away from others.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 using the ResponsiBLUE Daily Symptom Tracker
Students who are sick or have questions related to COVID-19 should call University Health Services at 734-764-8320. Employees with questions can call Occupational Health Services at 734-764-8021.
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