COVID cases up at U-M; QB Joe Milton leaving Michigan Football; will Ann Arbor Public Schools stay virtual?

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)
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/UC Berkeley)

Happy Friday!

Another week and more COVID cases have been confirmed on University of Michigan’s campus. School officials announced this week that cases -- mostly related to students -- now make up for 62% of all cases in Washtenaw County. The university also reported its highest weekly positive case rate last week since mid-October. This isn’t good. The news comes after two separate pauses were lifted on Michigan Athletics and all student movement on campus (which was more of a recommendation than an order). School officials have said that in-person gatherings are responsible for many of the outbreaks within its community.

On another note, I enjoyed reading your responses from last week’s newsletter about the one thing you would do right now if you could (safely) in Ann Arbor. Here’s what some of you shared:

“Go watch our grandson & granddaughter do QuizBowl then go to NYPD (pizza) for lunch on a Saturday!”

“Hug my mom. She has cancer & is 79.″

“Go to an A2SO concert at Michigan Theater or Hill Auditorium!”

“If the world was safe, if there was no COVID, I’d have a drink at the bar at Knights!”

Have a great weekend -- and stay warm!

- Meredith (@meredith_A4)

What’s been happening:

💉 Michigan Medicine has paused its first-dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments for the second straight week due to low supply. The health system is now encouraging its patients to get vaccinated elsewhere. (A4)

📝 The Ann Arbor Board of Education will vote next week on keeping instruction virtual for the remainder of the school year. The sudden motion to adjust the district’s return-to-school plan was introduced during a nearly six-hour School Board meeting Wednesday night and not all trustees were in agreement. (A4)

❄️ Meanwhile, AAPS declared Tuesday a virtual snow day so teachers and students could enjoy a day off. (A4)

🛷 See how people spent their time outdoors shoveling and sledding on Tuesday after several inches of snow fell in the area overnight. (MLive)

🏈 Michigan Football’s starting 2020 quarterback Joe Milton has announced plans to transfer. Here’s who will be battling for the starting job this fall, writes ClickOnDetroit’s Derick Hutchinson. (A4)

🐕 The Humane Society of the United States named Humane Society of Huron Valley rescue supervisor Melinda Szabelski a “local hero” for her work against puppy mills. (A4)

🚨 Three people were shot in Superior Township on Sunday night, one of whom was detained as a suspect. County law enforcement said the men knew each other. (A4)

️⚽️ AFC Ann Arbor has withdrawn its men’s soccer season for a second year due to the ongoing global health crisis. The club is still mulling plans for its women’s 2021 season. (A4)

🎥 A documentary by Washtenaw My Brother’s Keeper on Black male experiences in Washtenaw County will premiere virtually this weekend. Here’s how you can tune in to the free event. (A4)

🎻 The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is filming its spring performances at the Michigan Theater to share virtually with audiences. Its first concert of the season will be streamed Saturday. (A4)

🏥 Researchers at Michigan Medicine have developed a screening tool for emergency departments that predicts teen suicide risk with 88% accuracy. (A4)

Good to know:

🍝 Ann Arbor Restaurant Week kicks off on Sunday. Sarah has the details on how the event has adapted this year, from family-size dinners to food and drink demonstrations. (A4)

🤝 New this year, Ann Arbor Hotel Week also begins on Sunday to help bring a much-needed boost to the local hospitality industry. (A4)

🎨 Attention parents (and kids). Registration for in-person summer camps at the Ann Arbor Art Center opens on Wednesday. (A4)

🍅 Are you cooking at home a lot more lately? I sure am. Here are the Ann Arbor area farms that will be offering subscription programs at this upcoming virtual CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) fair. (A4)

Feature interview of the week:

“It’s a very challenging time and I think people need to be mindful that they need to move throughout the day.”

- David Arend, Ann Arbor-based physical therapist provides wellness tips on WFH

🗨 Have something to share? Write me anytime at mbruckner@wdiv.com.

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About the Author:

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.