Confirmed COVID-19 cases: Management, communication and tracking

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.

The CDC defines close contact as having been within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer, 48 hours prior to when symptoms first started with the infected individual.

Faculty, staff and students who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate at home until they have fully recovered and have been fever-free for at least three days.

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 universitywide 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 72 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

Due to privacy laws, there is limited information we can provide in relation to positive cases of COVID-19, but CMU will provide weekly updates of new COVID-19 cases within the campus community. The charts below track the weekly number — and trend — in new positive cases within our faculty, staff and students.

Week of: Confirmed new cases Percentage change
from prior week
Total positive cases
reported since June 15