Influenza cases continue to surpass COVID among students on Ann Arbor campus

ANN ARBOR – University of Michigan officials reported a drop in COVID cases among students and staff last week as testing increased before the Thanksgiving break.

According to the school’s update on Tuesday, of the 985 students who were tested for COVID at the university’s health service last week, 41 tested positive for a positivity rate of 4.2%.

These latest numbers show that UM student cases account for 8% of the total cases in Washtenaw County. The majority of students who tested positive for COVID reported having mild symptoms.

Read: University of Michigan Flu Outbreak: Where Things Are As CDC Investigation Continues

In contrast, on-campus flu cases continue to rise, and test positivity is currently 36.1%. Other seasonal disease test positive rates include 9.6% for mono, 8.3% for strep, and 3.9% for RSV.

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UHS has recorded a total of 760 student influenza cases since October 6, most of which occur in unvaccinated students, according to the health service.

Investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived at UM campus last week to investigate the flu outbreak. This investigation is ongoing.

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