COVID-19 Testing Update

by MTU Flex Task Force

Throughout the fall semester, as we continue to test more students through our surveillance testing program and more employees participate in asymptomatic testing, it is likely we will see fluctuations in our testing results. Because testing for the weekend has concluded, we’ve posted Tuesday morning’s report. The figures posted today reflect a sizable increase in the number of tests where COVID-19 has been detected. 

This increase reflects the efforts of our testing strategy. This past week, we concentrated testing on a few potential “hot spots” in an effort to isolate potential positive clusters. Much of last week’s testing focused on individuals in off-campus congregate living and those spending time with specific groups of individuals. 

Baseline testing conducted from August 15 to 29 and last week’s focused surveillance testing suggest that transmission could be occurring in shared housing situations and within a case’s immediate social circle. Testing also suggests that we have relatively few cases in the residence halls. We are unaware of any spread related to on-campus educational activity, and we are not seeing evidence of a great deal of random community-wide spread. 

Currently, we are using less than a quarter of our on-campus isolation space, and health care providers tell us that the health care capacity in the area remains strong. 

That said, we will be watching the coming week with a keen eye. Surveillance testing will continue this week, and should the growth rate of detected cases increase rapidly, further action may be warranted. 

All indications suggest that the preventative measures taken in the classrooms, labs, and residence halls are working and we thank faculty, staff, and particularly our students for your continued efforts to do your part to keep our campus healthy and safe. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please email mtuflex@mtu.edu.


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