COVID cases on Ann Arbor campus are decreasing significantly

ANN ARBOR – University of Michigan officials have announced a significant decrease in COVID-19 cases on campus.

In the school’s bi-weekly COVID update, officials reported Tuesday that school-related cases now account for 27% of all cases in Washtenaw County. As recently as two weeks ago, UM cases – most of which were student-related – made up 62% of all cases in the county.

The news is positive development after a turbulent winter on campus marked by Michigan’s first COVID-19 B.1.1.7 variant case when a student athlete returned from the UK and subsequently the variant erupted, interrupting all athletic activity for two weeks and a recommended stay at home order for college students when cases went up.

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Soon after, the school was running compulsory weekly tests for graduate and professional students after outbreaks appeared in senior student circles and in off-campus homes. Students on campus have been tested for the virus regularly since the beginning of the semester.

“UM has lifted the previously established ‘hiatus’ in the ability of students who have close contacts to reduce their quarantine time through testing and meeting other specific criteria,” said Tuesday’s announcement.

The update came the same day that Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced easing COVID restrictions across the state. At the press conference, Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun that case rates have increased.

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