Students at the University of Michigan have been ordered to stay in place for two weeks by the Washtenaw County Health Department, which says the campus has become an epicenter for coronavirus cases in the area.
In an order that will run through 7 p.m. on Nov. 3, county officials said Tuesday that students at the college represent 60% of all COVID-19 cases in the county and there was “evidence” that a spike in local cases was “driven by social gatherings at the university.”
“In the middle of August, prior to move-in, U-M related cases were 2% of the total Washtenaw County cases. At the time of this order, U-M related cases are 61% of the total Washtenaw County cases,” according to the order.
Under the order, students are required to remain in their dorms or private residences unless attending class, accessing dining services, or “carrying out approved work that cannot be done virtually.” No guests are permitted on campus grounds during the two-week lockdown period.
In a statement released following the order, Jimena Loveluck, a Washtenaw County health officer, said the situation had “become critical.”
“We must continue to do what we can to minimize the impact on the broader community and to ensure we have the public health capacity to fully investigate cases and prevent additional spread of illness,” Loveluck said.
The order comes after a topsy-turvy fall semester for universities around the country attempting to respond in real time to the highly contagious disease. The University of North Carolina and other major universities scrapped in-person classes after only a few weeks on campus following cluster outbreaks.
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Original Author: Spencer Neale
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