The University of Michigan shares updated fall semester COVID-19 protocols
ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan will maintain its face covering and vaccination guidelines through the fall semester of 2022, according to Ann Arbor campus officials.
The guidelines were established by the school’s COVID-19 Campus Health Response Committee.
UM will continue to adhere to its current immunization policy, which requires all students, faculty and staff to complete their primary immunization series against COVID-19 and a booster shot.
Under the new guidance, face masks are required at UM-COVID-19 testing sites and in patient care, but are optional in other areas of the campus.
“We plan to provide a vibrant campus experience supported by the high immunization coverage of our campus community,” said Robert Ernst, Associate Vice President of Student Life and Director of Campus COVID Response, and Preeti Malani, UM’s Chief Health Officer, in an email to the campus community on Tuesday. “Our data shows that the majority of COVID-19 infections in our community over the past school year have had either mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.”
In a separate statement, UM Provost Laurie McCauley said the university community should prepare for a “full residency experience” this fall.
According to the CHRC, its indoor campus masking recommendations will be based on the CDC’s risk level for the Washtenaw County community. The community level in the county is currently “medium,” which advises individuals to make masking decisions based on personal preference.
Students, faculty, and staff can continue to access the Community Tracking and Sampling Program. Those who have not completed the required COVID-19 vaccination schedule must continue to be tested weekly.
The school’s daily ResponsiBLUE symptom checker will continue to be used to track compliance with UM’s vaccination policy and gain access to some buildings.
According to officials, students living in dormitories will be prioritized when it comes to isolation housing, and all students should have an isolation backup plan in case campus isolation housing fills up.
Updated guidance for the UM Dearborn and Flint campuses will be released later this summer, officials said.
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