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February 18, 2022

February 18, 2022, Campus COVID-19 Update

Continued improvement in case numbers 

With continued decreases, COVID-19 cases have returned to levels more consistent with case counts seen earlier in the fall term before the surge caused by the omicron variant.  U-M’s wastewater surveillance also shows a pattern of decreasing activity in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and in areas on and around campus. While these trends are encouraging, the current community COVID-19 activity is still “High” according to the CDC Transmission criteria. The only Campus Response Metric currently being met is a high level of transmission of COVID-19 in Washtenaw County. 

Indoor masking remains in effect

U-M’s face covering requirement remains in effect at this time. Campus leaders are continuing to evaluate and monitor conditions. With spring break approaching and the anticipated travel of our campus community, there are no plans to change our COVID-19 mask requirement at this time.

Testing guidance for spring break travel

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to get a COVID-19 test before and after travel for spring break, Feb. 26 - Mar. 6. Testing is available through the Community Sampling and Tracking Program

Rapid antigen tests are being made available to students residing in campus housing. Antigen test kits are also now much more widely available at community retail sites and through federal programs. If you test positive, report outside test results here and follow guidance on how to complete your isolation period. Be sure to know and follow COVID-19 testing requirements for your travel destination(s). Find more information here

Booster data on COVID-19 dashboard

According to available booster data on the COVID-19 dashboard, a majority of students, faculty and staff at the University of Michigan have been verified as up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. As of Feb. 18, 98 percent of students and 92 percent of employees have been verified as completing their primary vaccination series while 65 percent of students and 66 percent of employees have been verified as having received their COVID-19 booster. An additional 17 percent of students and 12 percent of employees have submitted completed booster documentation that is still in the process of being verified by the university.

Read more in the University Record.

Vaccination and booster compliance decision tree

This resource is available to help you determine whether you are in compliance with the U-M vaccination policy, including the booster requirement. Use the different decision tree diagrams based on whether you are a student or an employee. 

Top question this week

Am I required to get weekly testing?

Students and employees who are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, including those who have an approved exemption (primary series or for the booster) or postponement, are required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.