University of Michigan: COVID cases on campus have stabilized after recent spike

Cases of flu still high on campus

In this June 23, 2020 photo provided by UC Berkeley, a student provides saliva for an experimental COVID-19 coronavirus test for asymptomatic people. Scientists at the university are collecting samples from volunteers in hopes of finding asymptomatic people to stop them from unknowingly spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Irene Yi/UC Berkeley via AP) (Irene Yi, Irene Yi/UC Berkeley)

ANN ARBOR – University of Michigan officials announced on Wednesday that COVID cases on its central campus have stabilized following a spike in early November.

This, as COVID-19 activity has risen across Michigan, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says now leads the U.S. in new cases.

Student cases at U-M now account for 13% of the total cases in Washtenaw County.

As students prepare to head home for Thanksgiving break, officials are encouraging them to get tested before or after traveling. U-M will be offering rapid antigen testing Nov. 18-20 on campus in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The testing is open to both the university community and their family members.

The pop-up testing program will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day across from the Munger Graduate Residences at the W16 parking lot at 600 Thompson Street.

Individuals are asked to bring an ID when they get tested and will receive their results within 15 minutes of the sample collection. Results will be delivered via text, email or by calling a hotline number that will be provided by testing administrators.

Cases of the flu remain high on U-M’s campus and officials are urging all members of the school community to get a flu shot if they haven’t already done so.

Representatives from the CDC, MDHHS and the Washtenaw County Health Department are on campus this week to study how it is spreading after more than 300 students tested positive for the flu last week. The health experts will also look into this season’s flu vaccine’s effectiveness.

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Last week, 34% of symptomatic students who visited University Health Service tested positive for influenza. This, as the COVID-19 positivity rate on campus stands at 3.4%.

For weekly updates on COVID activity at U-M, visit the school’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard.