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 for developments and the 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 dpss-emergency-management@umich.edu.

U-M is asking those students who still remain on campus, especially in residence halls, to return to their permanent residence, if that is an option. New developments and guidance in the COVID-19 pandemic make it clear that now is the time to return home if they can.

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.

Michigan Dining has suspended dining-in service at all campus dining facilities. Boxed take-out meals will continue to be served during specific hours.

We’ve received numerous questions regarding pro-rating housing, dining, and other various school/college fees and we are examining this issue.

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.

Gathering in groups larger than 10 people is not recommended – and this includes gathering socially. Reducing the density of people in physical spaces will help to prevent the spread of disease not just within our community but for society at large.

Even in small groups, we strongly recommend practicing 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 are preparing for the possibility of cases within the state of Michigan by 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.

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. Given this, the university remains open and we will serve visitors to the best of our ability. We first encourage you to seek out opportunities to interact with us through virtual/online experiences.  We also advise that visitors consider their risk to travel for themselves and those around them. If you are sick or care for anyone who is considered medically vulnerable, we ask that you stay home and visit with us another time. If you visit with us, we will provide you with opportunities that best meet your needs while protecting our community and yours.

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.

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