by MTU Flex Team
Our second full week of surveillance testing is nearly complete. The last seven days resulted in 544 surveillance tests conducted, with a detection rate of 1.5 percent, or eight cases where COVID-19 was detected. Student participation in testing remains strong, as weekly total test goals were surpassed both this week and last. We thank all students who participated.
Our testing suggests that transmission, while occurring at a lower rate than in past weeks, could be happening in shared housing situations and within a case’s immediate social circle. We are unaware of any spread related to on-campus educational activity.
The State of Michigan began weekly reporting of outbreaks related to educational entities this past Monday (September 14). These reports, sourced via local health departments, report cases associated with new (within the last 14 days) and ongoing outbreaks. (Outbreaks are defined as two or more closely associated cases.) The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) also submitted their numbers in a different manner than other health departments in the state, naming in generic terms the various places identified as an outbreak.
Student Affairs continues to work closely with students in off-campus congregate living, including all Greek houses. The team appreciates the continuing efforts of those living at these residences to help mitigate the spread.
The University is currently using less than 20 percent of its isolation space and local health officials report that care capacity in the area remains strong. We continue to grow our contact tracing capabilities while monitoring for any changes in the rate of growth and positivity rate in our surveillance testing.
If you have any questions regarding Michigan Tech’s surveillance testing program, please visit mtu.edu/flex/testing.