ANN ARBOR – Cases of COVID-19 have increased at the University of Michigan, now making up for 34% of total cases in Washtenaw County, university officials reported on Tuesday.
In the update, officials also shared that 11 off-campus residences are now under quarantine due to positive cases or in-person gatherings that took place during the school’s stay-in-place recommendation, which expires at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7. This includes undergraduate, graduate and professional students living on and off campus.
The recommendation was urged by the Washtenaw County Health Department as several new cases of the new, highly contagious B117 COVID-19 variant were reported on campus. All sports at U-M have been paused since Jan. 23 due to outbreaks of the variant in the department.
The number of residences placed under quarantine has doubled since Saturday due to new positive cases and potential exposures.
Those in quarantine are receiving pop-up tests on day five of their 14 day isolation, and all students are encouraged to get tested for the virus each week, even if they are asymptomatic.
According to U-M’s COVID Dashboard, the university has reported 438 positive cases in the past 14 days, and 36,065 tests had been administered in the same time period. According to preliminary data, the positivity rate jumped the week starting Jan. 31 to 14.3%, compared to 1.3% the week prior.
Starting Feb. 3, U-M will be offering free saliva-based COVID-19 testing for Ann Arbor residents who live near campus.
For more information on when and where testing for city residents will be taking place, click here.