According to official knowledge, COVID-19 cases at the University of Michigan are trending downwards

ANN ARBOR, MI – COVID-19 cases related to University of Michigan students continue to decline, officials report.

The university reported 45 student cases for the week of February 28 and 151 positive tests in the last 14 days, according to the COVID-19 dashboard. Cases have dropped significantly since the week of February 7, when the university had 365 cases in a week after a two-week on-site recommendation for all UM students expired.

Test positivity rates for both symptomatic tests by the university health service and asymptomatic tests by UM’s Community Sampling and Tracking Program continue to decline, according to the dashboard.

UM uses information from campus response metrics to account for COVID-19 mitigation actions based on disease spread, public health capacity, and health care capacity. The only response metric on campus that is currently being met is more than 70 new cases per million in Washtenaw County, the dashboard said.

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The university community is now instructed to follow the latest rules from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that allow indoor gatherings of up to 15 people from three households or outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people.

According to dashboard data, UM has only run more than 21,000 tests per week since Jan. 24. The recent decline in positive cases has brought weekly positivity rates below 1%.

As of January 1, UM has had 1,832 positive cases of 158,085 COVID-19 tests.

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