University of Michigan: ‘Noticeable uptick’ of COVID cases on Ann Arbor campus

University of Michigan asks students to test for COVID-19 before going home for holidays

ANN ARBOR – Cases of COVID-19 are trending upward again at the University of Michigan.

In an update on Tuesday, U-M officials reported a “noticeable uptick in COVID-19 cases among U-M affiliates, including undergraduate students, graduate students and non-students.”

School officials noted that the trend is in line with a general increase of cases in Washtenaw County.

Students at the university now account for 15% of the total cases in the county.

Case numbers have increased for five straight days, which meets a Campus Response Metric. The number of positive cases more than doubled last week with 157 positive tests compared to 60 the week prior. The uptick resulted in a spike in positivity rate at 0.8% up from 0.3%.

A total of 26 students are currently in isolation to prevent the spread of COVID, compared to March 24 when 8 students were in quarantine.

“Social gatherings continue to be identified as a significant factor associated with transmission,” read the statement from officials.

To see U-M’s COVID Dashboard with regular data updates, click here.

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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.