Dear Students, Colleagues and Friends:
This afternoon, we learned that two members of the Central Michigan University community have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). These are the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 directly related to the CMU community.
The individuals have been identified as students. After traveling to a different state for spring break, one returned to a campus residence hall — and has been on campus in the last 24 hours — and the other returned to a permanent residence in another city. The student on campus is now isolated in accordance with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will return to their permanent residence tomorrow.
We wish both students a full and speedy recovery.
CMU Health medical experts and other leaders on campus are working to investigate anyone who may have been in close contact with the student.
To all of our students and employees currently on campus, particularly those living and working in the Towers community and Beddow Hall:
- Please take extra care to practice exemplary personal hygiene and take personal accountability for protecting yourself and others.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer if soap and water is unavailable.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and put distance between yourself and other people.
- If you are experiencing signs or symptoms of respiratory illness consistent with COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with the virus, please do not come to or remain on campus. Contact your health care provider immediately. The CDC recommends that patients should not visit a health care center without first calling.
- You may submit questions or concerns by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, extensive deep cleaning of campus areas this individual may have visited is underway.
Ensuring the anonymity of the individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 is important. If you are aware of their identities, please respect their privacy so they can focus fully on their health and the care they need. Please abide by all rules related to personal health information (HIPAA) and expectations for the responsible use of social media.
As has occurred in cities and on college campuses around the world, we expect to learn of more cases among the members of our campus and community. We will continue to work with local health officials to monitor new cases as they are identified and to contact individuals who may be impacted or affected by any new cases.
We are committed to doing all we can to support these students and our community through this difficult time and to slowing the spread of the coronavirus and flattening the curve.
Knowing that a person within our community has tested positive for COVID-19 may leave you feeling worried or anxious. If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out:
- Students can call the CMU Counseling Center at 989-774-3381 to schedule an appointment or learn more about counseling resources.
- Faculty and staff can contact the Employee Assistance Program.
- Anyone may submit a Care Report to CMU Cares to share concerns about the health or well-being of another student or employee.
Remember, you can always find the most up-to-date information available from CMU on our updates webpage, and the CMU Health website contains an evolving list of answers to frequently asked questions.
Once again, I thank you — our students, faculty, staff, families and friends — for stepping up to meet an unprecedented challenge with CMU's trademark cooperative spirit. Your continued patience, attention and understanding will make a difference.
Bob Davies, president
CMU responds to "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order
March 23, 2020
As the world, our nation and our state continue to respond to the rapidly spreading threat of COVID-19, we continue to face new challenges as a university — challenges we’ve never had to face before.
This morning, Gov. Whitmer issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order for the state of Michigan, effective at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow for at least three weeks, an aggressive measure designed to combat the spread of the virus.
During this time, CMU will continue to operate to the fullest extent safely possible and remote classes will continue through the end of the semester.
This means that all on-campus operations are suspended except for those that cannot be conducted remotely. Individuals working in essential roles that must be conducted on campus will need to continue to fulfill their responsibilities. We are working with supervisors to define and identify these roles and personnel. We will reach out to them with additional information as soon as possible.
For the rest of us, we will continue to work remotely if possible. If you have questions or concerns about your ability to work remotely, please contact your supervisor.
In addition, we should all do our best to stay home, unless it is to get outdoors to exercise; care for ourselves and others; and to obtain necessary supplies, as outlined by the executive order. Self-care, both physical and mental, is critical during this time. Remember, resources are available virtually and via telephone if you need someone to talk to — you can find them on our COVID-19 FAQ.
Important university updates related to this order:
- CMU residence halls and apartments will remain open for students who are currently on campus. Residential students currently residing off campus should NOT return to campus to move out prior to their scheduled move-out appointment. Within the next seven days, you will receive an email with a link to sign up for a move-out appointment with a revised window. The delay in the move-out process will not impact the room and board credit.
- Only come to work if your supervisor has told you to do so to fulfill an essential function. You are allowed to come to campus if you are supporting an essential operation on campus, as identified by supervisors.
- Student employees and graduate assistants: Talk with your supervisor. Unless you have been identified by your supervisor as an essential employee, you should not report to work. Further details related to graduate assistants can be found on the faculty personnel services website.
You should not do the following:
- Do not host any in-person eventsor gatherings of any size through the end of spring semester.
- Do not come to work if you are sickeven if you have been identified as an essential employee. Please stay home and call your supervisor immediately if you feel unwell.
- Do not come to work if you are on approved administrative or other approved leave.
- Do not come to work if you have been asked to work remotely.
- Supervisors are expected to work with their staff to ensure operations in their departments continue. Employees who are not required to work on campus but cannot work from home due to the nature of their jobs, can request paid administrative leave. Further details will be communicated to supervisors soon.
- Information technology support services are fully operational — faculty and staff who need assistance while working remotely should contact the Help Desk at 989-774-3662.
- Do not come to work to retrieve items from your office or visit colleagues. No one but essential employees should come to campus after Tuesday, March 24 at 12:01 a.m. Do not report to campus unless you have permission from your supervisor.
You likely have many questions that remain unanswered. We will share additional information with you in the days ahead — thank you for your patience and understanding as we move quickly to adapt.
I’ve said it numerous times, but this is an unprecedented situation. Campus leaders are continuously working to answer questions and to do what’s right to protect the health and safety of our university community while ensuring we deliver the high-quality education we promised to thousands of CMU students.
I am proud of the way our university community has responded to this crisis. I am confident our faculty, staff and students will adapt to these new measures with the same resolve, understanding and cooperative spirit shown many times already amid these rapidly changing circumstances.
Continue to check our website for updates and send any questions you may have to email@example.com.
Please continue to take care of yourselves and others. Your well-being is paramount. We will get through this together. That’s what CMU Chippewas do.
Bob Davies, President