ANN ARBOR – University of Michigan reported a sharp rise in COVID cases as students returned to classrooms on Wednesday.
A total of 641 cases were reported during the week ending Jan. 1, up from 355 positive cases reported the week ending Dec. 25. Of the 641 new cases, 361 were students and 280 were non-students.
This is the highest number of cases the school has experienced during the 2021-22 academic year.
The percent positivity rate for U-M’s Community Sampling and Tracking Program from Dec. 25 to Jan. 1 also increased, from 2% to 5.9%. Testing via U-M’s Community Sampling and Tracking Program during the week ending Jan. 1 was 2,325, compared to 4,592 the week prior.
The University Health Service reported a positivity rate of 26.3% during the week ending Jan. 1.
Occupancy of the school’s Quarantine and Isolation Housing has also increased, from 2% the week ending Dec. 25 to 5% the week ending Jan. 1.
On Monday, President Mark Schlissel and Provost Susan M. Collins sent an email to the school community announcing enhanced health and safety measures as students prepared to resume in-person instruction.
This includes wearing face coverings in all common areas of sports facilities and residence halls through Jan. 17, reporting booster shots no later than Feb. 4 and showing proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test to attend indoor sporting events.
“Our goal remains to prioritize our educational, research and service missions, including providing the best possible educational experiences for our students, largely in person, while doing so as safely as we can for all members of the community,” wrote Schlissel and Collins. “We need everyone’s help to make this happen.”