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CMU updates on coronavirus

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Contact: Heather Smith


 

The coronavirus outbreak is changing rapidly. Central Michigan University continues to monitor developments and update this webpage frequently as information becomes available.

There have been two identified cases of coronavirus in the CMU community. For more information on the coronavirus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

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Find answers to questions you may have about coronavirus 2019, including symptoms and precautions, travel restrictions, and how university operations are affected.


COVID-19 cases in the CMU community

March 26, 2020

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 coronavirus@cmich.edu.
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.

Be Well,

Bob Davies, president
 

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