University preparedness

The Washtenaw County Public Health Department has confirmed to the University of Michigan that members of the U-M community have tested positive for COVID-19. The Washtenaw County Health Department is the source of updates and information on positive cases in the county.

U-M officials and medical experts, in close coordination with the state and local public health experts, are closely monitoring developments and the to impact to the U-M community. The team will offer additional guidance to the university community as necessary.

The current coronavirus situation highlights the importance of continuity of operations planning and how it can help mitigate the impact of an emergency affecting the U-M community, facilities and mission. The university encourages units review their COOP plans and update as necessary to ensure appropriate measures are in place to address potential disruptions in personnel, academic delivery, research, supply chain and business operations. DPSS Emergency Management can provide assistance and can be contacted at (734) 763-8391 or

U-M researchers have begun returning to labs on campus in a phased approach. Read more information about research re-engagement efforts.

The Office of the Provost has launched a coordinated set of committees including academic leaders and faculty members across campus to focus on Ann Arbor’s fall semester academic planning. Topics being addressed include instruction of large and small classes, co-curricular activities and engaged learning, and the resources available from our Center for Academic Innovation, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, and Information and Technology Services.

U-M advises students who still remain on campus, especially in residence halls, to return to their permanent residence, if that is an option.

For those students who must stay, Student Life wants to be sensitive to their needs and ask that you please complete this survey. Student Life will follow up with you, and work with you to make sure your needs are met.

Going home will help to reduce the density of people in physical spaces. We recognize this may bring additional people to campus in the short term, but the reduction in density it will create over the next few weeks will help to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It further follows general public health principles recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

In accordance with the Governor’s executive order, gathering in groups larger than 10 people indoors is prohibited – and this includes gathering socially.

Outdoor events of up to 100 people are allowed.

It is strongly recommended to practice social distancing of 5-6 feet.

These actions are based on general public health principles recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. They are designed to protect everyone in our communities, particularly those at higher risk from COVID-19.

The university is taking extra precautions to clean high-touch surfaces on campus, including dining areas, classrooms, healthcare facilities and recreational facilities.

If you have questions regarding additional cleaning that may be needed for suspect or confirmed COVID-19 cases, please contact the Facilities Service Center at 734-647-2059.  Michigan Medicine areas should follow their normal process for addressing this situation.

Michigan Medicine is prepared for COVID-19 patients and has activated comprehensive emergency response teams, which are ready and prepared for all types of emergencies. Patients and visitors are being screened to quickly identify those with travel-related risk factors or potential contact with infected people.

Our healthcare providers also providing standard face masks to patients with respiratory illness or fever when they enter our healthcare facilities.

The Safe Computing website has a page dedicated to Coronavirus scams that provides information about some of the most common scams. There is also a valuable guide to security while working remotely.

Campus remains closed to visitors. We continue to encourage people to stay away from campus as this remains crucial to our efforts to keep density low on campus to prevent a second wave of infection from affecting us, our colleagues and loved ones.

Our goal is to deliver on our mission while protecting health and safety by minimizing the potential spread of COVID19, both within our community and in the broader society.

Please see our Admissions questions and answers for admissions-specific information.

Reports of the impact of  COVID-19 around the world can be troubling, especially for members of the community who are from or have friends and family in affected areas.

Resources and support are available for students through the Dean of Students Office or Counseling and Psychological Services. Faculty and staff can reach out to the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office at 734-936-8660.  Michigan Medicine Faculty and Staff can access resources through the Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience at 734-763-5409.

U-M aspires for a healthy, respectful and welcoming learning environment for U-M community members and endeavors to create an environment in which all members of the campus community welcomed and supported.

You can contribute to university-level emergency funds on this Leaders & Best page.

U-M DPSS has created a page with information for severe weather procedures during COVID-19.




Last updated: June 3, 2020 10:47am