CMU is taking many steps to protect the health and safety of our campus, yet more employees and students will test positive for COVID-19 as they return to campus and our campus density increases. Below you'll find information on how positive cases are managed and communicated, as well as the weekly number of positive cases within our campus community.
Managing and Communicating About Positive Cases
When notified of an employee or student who has tested positive, CMU Health will work with the Central Michigan District Health Department to report the case, initiate contact tracing and connect with anyone they identify as a close contact.
For COVID-19, a
close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
Faculty, staff and students who test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms must isolate until:
- At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared
- At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication
- Symptoms have improved.
You will be contacted only if you are identified through contact tracing as having come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. If you are not identified as a close contact by the local health department, you have no special precautions to take at this time and will not be contacted.
CMU will not send a university wide communication each time a positive case occurs. Positive cases will be tracked and updated weekly — see below for the latest number of confirmed cases in our campus community.
The local public health department may contact an employee's supervisor if further contact tracing of the COVID-19 positive individual is needed; however, the actual test result and all other protected health information will not be disclosed.
Individuals on campus who are not symptomatic but would like to be tested can find testing sites at the
Michigan COVID-19 Test Finder. If you test positive for coronavirus, no matter where you are tested, you should immediately notify CMU Health by emailing
Returning to Campus After a Positive Diagnosis
Permission to return to campus will be given when these three conditions are met:
- The individual remains fever-free without the use of fever reducers for 24 hours.
- The individual shows improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath).
- It has been at least 10 days since their symptoms first appeared.
At the direction of their supervisor, employees may be required to provide documentation from their health care provider before returning to work.
Confirmed New Cases by Week and Day
Due to privacy laws, there is limited information we can provide in relation to positive cases of COVID-19, but CMU will provide daily/weekly updates of new COVID-19 cases within the campus community. The charts below track the daily/weekly number — and trend — in new positive cases within our faculty, staff and students.
- Our aggregate numbers DO NOT reflect cases that are recovered.
- This is merely a snapshot of how many cases were reported for a given week or day.
- Daily reporting began August 31, 2020. Prior to this date, numbers were reported weekly. We do not have daily data prior to this date.
- Weekly numbers will be updated each Monday by 10:30 a.m. ET if school is in session.
- Daily numbers will be updated by 10:30 a.m. ET each weekday if school is in session.
|Week of:||Confirmed New Cases||Total Cases (reported since June 15)||% of Population All Time Total Cases||% of Population Active Cases||% of Population Recovered Cases|
|Jun. 29-Jul. 5||2||11||0.07%||-||-|
|Jul. 27-Aug. 2||2||18||0.12%||-||-|
|Aug. 31-Sep. 6||17||159||1.02%||0.24%||0.78%|
| ||Total Active (updated |
|Total Recovered (reported since June 15)||Total Cases (reported since June 15)||% of Population All-Time Total Cases||% of Population Active Cases||% of Population Recovered Cases|
*Population counts Mt. Pleasant CMU students, staff and faculty. Total CMU Mt. Pleasant Population is 15,562.
Decision Points for Shifting to Remote Instruction
As we navigate the pandemic, every activity we undertake carries some risk of virus transmission. CMU will remain open for face-to-face instruction for as long as we are able to manage and mitigate the risks related to COVID-19. There is no set threshold or number of cases that would trigger a shift to remote instruction. Rather, the decision to shift will be based on a variety of factors, including guidance from our local health department, counsel from our CMU Health medical professionals, input from our local hospitals and health care providers, suggestions from our emergency management team and direction from state leaders.
If we reach a point in which it is no longer safe to offer in-person instruction, we have prepared for a variety of scenarios and possible futures, including a shift back to remote-only instruction. We will monitor our situation carefully and make adjustments and decisions appropriately as we move forward.