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University of Michigan warns about COVID-19 exposure on campus

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Posted at 11:14 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 23:14:47-04

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WXYZ) — A University of Michigan student has tested positive for the coronavirus and the university is warning that others may have been exposed on campus.

The student visited the Moore Building multiple times last week, according to an email sent to the student body that 7 Action News obtained.

The unidentified student used a practice room, which is located within the music department between September 1-4, according to the email.

The university advises all Moore Building students and employees to wear a face covering, practice physical distancing, stay home when sick, and continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

Over the last two weeks, 42 people have tested positive out of 1,866 tests administered, according to the UM's dashboard.

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Emails sent to the music department students are below.

Dear DoVo and Collaborative Piano Students:

Please read the notification below about a recent positive COVID-19 Case in Moore Building. It was just brought to my attention that you have not yet been made aware of notification through the appropriate SMTD channels. This oversight in communication has been attended to and remedied.

We are not aware of which specific practice rooms were utilized by this student. To date, there have been no other confirmed reports of COVID-19 within SMTD. Kindly keep track of which rooms you use so we can help with contact tracing.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe.

Re: Notification of Positive COVID-19 Case in Moore Building

It is with an abundance of caution that we are sharing the following information with you. Environment, Health &Safety (EHS) has determined through case investigation that a positive student visited practice rooms in this building several days last week (9/1, 9/2, 9/3 and 9/4). Per practice room use protocol, each user disinfects the room after each use.

In addition, the practice rooms, as well as common areas and restrooms are cleaned and disinfected daily by custodial services.

Public health community notification is done to proactively make the U-M community aware of positive cases on campus and potential exposures. We are following our protocol for sharing publicly about potential exposures to infectious diseases, like COVID-19, mumps, Norovirus. EHS working in conjunction with the health department has conducted a risk assessment to determine who may have been in close contact[1] with the infected individual and has provided specific instructions if quarantine is required.

If you were not directly contacted by an EHS contact tracer, you are considered to be a low exposure risk and there is no need to quarantine or isolate.

All Moore Building students and employees should continue to adhere to the guidance below.

Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

Click here for a page with resources including a COVID-19 overview from the CDC, details on cases in Michigan, a timeline of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's orders since the outbreak, coronavirus' impact on Southeast Michigan, and links to more information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC and the WHO.

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