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Changes to CMU COVID guidelines

Dear students, colleagues and friends,

As we enter the slower months of summer, and as many students are away from campus pursuing internships and summer employment opportunities, we are making some changes to CMU’s COVID-related guidelines and practices. In this email, I will provide updates about:
  • CMU’s mask guidelines.
  • Suspending mandatory testing and the Protect Yourself, Protect Others plan.
  • Vaccine and booster appointments.
  • CMU’s COVID-19 Dashboard and reporting.
  • Health and wellness best practices.
Please note that these changes are based on our current circumstances. As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to monitor trends in the virus. We are prepared to adapt our policies and practices according to the needs of our community, and we will continue to communicate any changes to all students, faculty and staff.

Use of masks
In alignment with guidelines at the local and state level, and with CDC guidance in mind, CMU will allow individuals to choose whether to wear a mask in most outdoor and indoor spaces on campus. This means the use of masks is now optional in most places, except in spaces where masks are mandated by state or federal guidelines, such as health clinics and public transportation, or when required for individuals who are symptomatic or close contacts.

Every individual may decide for themselves whether to wear a mask. As a community dedicated to respect and inclusiveness, I ask that we honor those decisions with compassion. 

Suspension of mandatory weekly testing
Now that our county — and much of the country — has a “low” community level rating from the CDC, CMU will suspend the Protect Yourself, Protect Others plan, at least temporarily.

Use of the CMU Healthscreen app is still strongly encouraged. Please use the app each day you come to CMU and help us prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our university community.

Beginning this week, unvaccinated individuals are no longer required to complete and upload results from weekly COVID-19 tests. For this reason, we have closed the testing center in the Bovee University Center. CMU will still offer COVID-19 testing in the following situations:
  • Individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 must report their status using the CMU Healthscreen app. Information about testing, isolation or quarantine, and next steps will be sent based on the Healthscreen information.
  • Individuals who wish to be tested for COVID-19 for any other reason must make an appointment. Students may call Student Health Services at 989-774-6599, option 1, and Faculty/Staff may call CMU Primary Specialty Services at 989-774-7585, option 1.
  • Free at-home COVID tests are available for order online, and many Michigan providers also offer testing
Vaccines and boosters still available
We continue to strongly encourage members of the university community to receive their vaccines and boosters. Vaccines have shown to be a powerful tool in preventing serious illness and in reducing the spread of the virus.

If you wish to receive a vaccine or a booster, please contact CMU University Health Services to schedule an appointment: 989-774-6599. Vaccines and boosters will be available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment only. Vaccines and boosters also are available from the Central Michigan District Health Department and many local pharmacies. 

CMU COVID-19 Dashboard
Although CMU will continue to monitor data including new case numbers, virus trends in our area and more, we will cease weekly updates to the CMU COVID-19 Dashboard. Instead, we encourage our university community members to review current COVID-19 statistics on The State of Michigan’s Michigan Data webpage

Again, our area has been designated as a “low community level” area by the CDC. These designations consider total numbers of new cases, hospital admissions and hospital bed use. CMU leaders will continue to follow updates from the CDC, as well as guidance from national, state and local health care leaders as we adjust our plans for summer and beyond.

Health and wellness best practices
Throughout the pandemic, our students, faculty and staff set the leadership standard for safety, and I know we will continue to do so. COVID-19 is still with us, and we can all continue to do our part to limit the spread of the virus. This includes following CDC best practices, including washing your hands regularly, covering coughs and sneezes, and, most importantly, staying home if you feel sick. 

Please, do your part. Stay home if you feel unwell. Report your symptoms with the Healthscreen app. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have questions. 

Thank you
Our community continues to successfully navigate the pandemic thanks to YOU. Your efforts have kept CMU open and mission-focused, and have kept our colleagues and friends as healthy as possible.

I appreciate all you have done, and all you continue to do, to make our community the best place to live, work and learn.

Be well,

Bob Davies, Ph.D.
President
Central Michigan University 

Blog: COVID-19 communications posted | Author: by CMU President Dr. Bob Davies
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