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The University of Michigan updated the Campus Blueprint COVID-19 Dashboard on Friday to reflect that Washtenaw County’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 community level is now considered “high.” 

This increase comes a month after the University updated masking policies to no longer require masks in classrooms or on U-M transportation. Masks continued to be required at Michigan Medicine and on-campus COVID-19 testing sites. 

According to data from the Community Sampling and Tracking Program (CSTP) provided on the Campus Blueprint COVID-19 Dashboard, reported cases of COVID-19 have increased between April 30 and May 7 with 378 COVID-19 cases reported by May 7. Weekly COVID-19 cases in Washtenaw County have consistently risen since early March. Washtenaw County reported 283 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and a weekly positivity rate of 14.6% as of May 12 at 11:00 a.m.

The CDC recommends masking indoors in communities with “high” COVID-19 levels, though the University has not reported any changes to its masking policy. 

The University advises community members to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by remaining home if sick, getting vaccinated — including boosters — according to University policy and getting tested. 

Incoming students are expected to report their vaccination information for the 2022–2023 academic year by May 15.

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