Category: COVID-19 Testing

Thank you and Welcome

by Rick Koubek, President

Dear Members of the Michigan Tech Community, Welcome back! 

Throughout the summer, the faculty and staff at Michigan Tech have worked hard to implement many of the known measures that slow the spread of COVID-19. Because of your efforts, we are able to welcome students to campus next week. Some of these include: 


Update on Employee COVID-19 Testing Program

by University Marketing and Communications

With the big testing tent set up, COVID-19 testing of new and returning students has received a lot of attention. Sarah Schulte, general counsel and secretary to the Board of Trustees and chair of the MTU Flex Task Force, said procedures for employee testing are being finalized. 

“Michigan Tech will pay for employees (20+ hours/week) to have up to two asymptomatic tests during the fall 2020 semester,” Schulte said. 


COVID-19 Testing, a Crucial Part of the Plan

by University Marketing and Communications

With the start of the 2020-21 academic year and the arrival of thousands of new and returning students, COVID-19 testing is a crucial part of Michigan Tech’s plan for fall.

Sarah Schulte, general counsel and secretary to the Board of Trustees, said the University’s student COVID-19 testing program has two main components — a strong baseline testing effort and ongoing surveillance testing

Schulte said the baseline testing effort will primarily occur from Aug. 19, through Aug. 29. During that time, about half of the student population, approximately 40% of the anticipated total on-campus population, is expected to be tested.


Return to Campus: Symptom Tracking/Testing

by University Marketing and Communications

 In June, Michigan Tech began Step Two of our Return to Campus Plan. As the University prepares for Step Three, students and employees, understandably, have questions. To address the issue of tracking and testing for COVID-19, we spoke with Sarah Schulte, general counsel and secretary to the Board of Trustees and Kelly Kamm, an epidemiologist and assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology.


Portage Lake Golf Course Listed as Potential COVID-19 Exposure Site

by University Marketing and Communications

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) has listed Michigan Tech’s Portage Lake Golf Course as one of several Houghton County locations that were visited by individuals who later tested positive for COVID-19.

The WUPHD said in a statement that those visiting the locations listed may be at a higher risk for exposure if large crowds were present and masking and social distancing guidelines may not have been consistently followed.

The statement, including the list of potential site exposures, can be found on the WUPHD news site.


Two Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

by MTU Flex Task Force

Late last week, two members of the Michigan Tech campus community (defined as faculty, staff, and students) tested positive for COVID-19. The two cases appear to be unrelated.

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is actively conducting contact tracing to stop the spread of the virus. Anyone who had close contact with the infected persons will be notified and will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. 


New Form Added to MTU Flex Portal

by University Marketing and Communications

Data is one of the key tools Michigan Tech is using to try to find COVID-19 cases quickly, stop the spread, and keep the campus community and our local community safe. We need your help in order to optimize our success. While it is essential that we know when you are symptomatic or have a positive COVID-19 test, data that you are not exhibiting symptoms or have had a negative COVID-19 test is also important as we are actively monitoring our campus health conditions. We are now pleased to announce that in the ongoing efforts to keep our community as safe and informed as possible in the midst of the current global coronavirus pandemic, Michigan Tech is making it even easier for employees to add to the information being amassed to fight COVID-19 on campus.