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.

Daily Reported Cases

*Daily reporting began on August 31, 2020.

Last 14 Daily Entries

Weekly Reported Cases

*Weekly reporting began on June 15, 2020.

Week of: Confirmed new cases Total positive cases
reported since June 15
% of CMU Mt. Pleasant Population All Time Positive Results
% of CMU Mt. Pleasant Population Current Active Cases % of CMU Mt. Pleasant Population Current Recovered Cases

Week of: Confirmed new cases Total positive cases
reported since June 15
% of Population
Week of: Confirmed New Cases Total Cases % of Population
All Time Total Cases
Jun. 15-21 7 7 0.04%
Jun. 22-28 2 9 0.06%
Jun. 29-Jul. 5 2 11 0.07%
Jul. 6-12 4 15 0.10%
Jul. 13-19 0 15 0.10%
Jul. 20-26 1 16 0.10%
Jul. 27-Aug. 2 2 18 0.12%
Aug. 3-9 2 20 0.13%
Aug. 10-16 5 25 0.16%
Aug. 17-23 54 79 0.51%
Aug. 24-30 63 142 0.91%
Aug. 31-Sep. 6 44 186 1.20%
Sep. 7-13 12 198 1.27%
Sep. 14-20 7 205 1.32%
Total Campus
Total Cases
(% of Population)
Active Cases
(% of Population)
Recovered Cases
(% of Population)
Totals 15,562 205   (1.32%) 13   (0.08%) 192   (1.23%)

Last Updated: Sep. 18

*Total Campus Population counts CMU students, staff and faculty in Mount Pleasant.

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 above track the daily/weekly number — and trend — in new positive cases within our faculty, staff and students.

  • We now show our total campus population and the total cases since June 15. We further identify the number of active and recovered cases. Recovered cases are defined as no longer infectious per CDC guidelines.
  • This is merely a snapshot of how many cases were reported for a given week or day. 
  • Weekly reporting began June 15. Daily reporting began August 31. 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. Daily numbers run one day behind due to the lag in reporting time between CMU and the health department (E.G. Sept. 1 data is populated by 10:30 a.m. Sept. 2.).

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 and
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • 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 above 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.

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.