University of Michigan quarantine, isolation housing occupancy pushes past 50%

A cluster of COVID-19 cases were reported at the South Quad residence hall on Sept. 18. (University of Michigan)

ANN ARBOR – Quarantine and isolation housing occupancy at the University of Michigan stood at 52.2% on Monday, according to the school’s COVID-19 data dashboard.

Mary Markley residence hall is currently housing the most students with positive COVID-19 cases. U-M and the Washtenaw County Health Department on Saturday released an order requiring all residents in Markley to practice enhanced social distancing and to stop attending in-person classes for 14 days.

“Due to the high prevalence of cases in Markley and the lack of cooperation from a high proportion of residents who have still not participated in mandatory testing-- thus increasing the overall risk for residents -- we are taking additional immediate measures to protect all Markley residents and prevent further spread of COVID-19,” read the notice.

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Here’s how the numbers break down, according to residence hall:

  • Mary Markley: 99
  • South Quadrangle: 47
  • West Quadrangle: 37
  • East Quadrangle: 17
  • Mosher Jordan Hall: 17
  • Oxford Housing: 13
  • Alice Lloyd Hall: 7
  • Bursley Hall: 7
  • Couzens Hall: 5

As of Monday afternoon, the university has not posted data for Oct. 19 as coronavirus cases rise across the state.

To see U-M’s COVID-19 data dashboard, visit

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Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.