by MTU Flex Task Force
Our moving 14-day total of detected COVID-19 cases stands at 51 active cases confirmed on campus. While this number is down from last week, please keep in mind that on-campus testing did not take place Monday and Tuesday due to equipment issues. Houghton County has a seven-day average of 25 confirmed cases per day (as of November 3). 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 36 percent of our on-campus isolation space was occupied as of 10 a.m. this morning.
Based on updated guidance from the federal government, the University must be in compliance with the federal contractor vaccination mandate by January 4, which is earlier than the January 10 date previously communicated. Employees who need until January 10 to comply with the vaccine mandate or receive an exception should work with Human Resources to obtain a temporary accommodation.
On November 1, Human Resources emailed all MTU employees, including student employees, detailed information regarding how to submit proof of vaccination in order to comply with the federal contractor vaccination mandate. That information is now available on the Vaccination for Federal Contractors web page and on the MTU Flex blog. Instructions for applying for an exception can also be found on the Vaccination for Federal Contractors web page.
Walk-in, on-demand COVID-19 testing resumed on Thursday this week and will be available Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday next week 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.
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.