MTU Flex Team Summary for the Week Ending October 29, 2021

by MTU Flex Task Force

Our moving 14-day total of detected COVID-19 cases stands at 87 active cases confirmed on campus. Houghton County has a seven-day average of 30 confirmed cases per day (as of Oct. 27). Please continue to report positive test results, whether you are using an at-home test or a PCR test outside of our Michigan Tech testing center, using the Report a COVID-19 Test form.

Our wastewater testing program is ongoing and results are consistent with the University’s confirmed case count. Approximately 45 percent of our on-campus isolation space is currently occupied.

Due to equipment issues, walk-in, on-demand COVID-19 testing will not be available on Monday or Tuesday this coming week (Nov. 1 and 2). Michigan Tech students and employees who were tested on campus yesterday (Oct. 28) can expect to receive their results tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 30). At this time, we anticipate that walk-in, on-demand testing will resume for Michigan Tech students and employees on Thursday in the Datolite Room at the MUB from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. There is no cost to be tested, and no appointment is needed. If you need a test before then, please reach out to any local health care provider — no pre-existing relationship is required — or visit michigan.gov to find a test site.

Last Friday (Oct. 22), President Koubek’s email to the campus community announced that Michigan Tech will comply with requirements for federal contractors and subcontractors issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force on September 24.

Compliance means the University must implement the new federal vaccination/exception mandate for all University employees who work in the United States, even if they work remotely. At Michigan Tech, this mandate will go into effect January 10, 2022. It will apply to full-time, part-time, and temporary employees. It will also include student employees.

Both the president’s email and the subsequent email from the MTU Flex Task Force were delivered to all employees and students on campus. Instructions on how to provide proof of vaccination will be communicated next week. Instructions for applying for an exception can be found on the Vaccination for Federal Contractors webpage on the MTU Flex website.

Thank you to those who have self-reported at-home antigen tests. If you’re interested in antigen testing, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) is providing free antigen tests and vaccination clinics in October. More information is available on our COVID-19 Testing Information web page.

We strongly encourage all members of our community to monitor themselves on a daily basis for symptoms of COVID-19. Please be aware that if you are exposed to COVID-19, quarantine guidelines vary depending on vaccination status.