January 13, 2022

Welcome to the Jan. 13 edition of the Weekly Roundup. We hope you’re enjoying the first full week of classes this semester, and staying warm in the frigid Ann Arbor winter.

This week, The Michigan Daily caught up with University President Mark Schlissel to talk about Winter 2022 semester plans, CSG passed a resolution in support of the University shifting classes back online and Michigan Medicine put a pause on visitors in their waiting rooms to prevent the spread of the omicron variant.

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Schlissel on Winter 2022: ‘The goal has sort of shifted from preventing cases to preventing serious illness’

The Michigan Daily sat down with University President Mark Schlissel on Monday to discuss the semester ahead and the University’s plans for navigating an evolving COVID-19 landscape. “I expect COVID-19 to be significant in numbers for the next couple of weeks. I would hope, and many people predict, that as January becomes later in the month, the number of cases will go down but won’t go away. It’ll continue to be an everyday part of the campus for the rest of the semester.”

CSG passes resolution in support of e-pivot and other COVID-19 accommodations

U-M CSG passed a resolution Tuesday supporting a return to virtual learning for classes, as well as COVID-19 academic accommodations like Pass/No Record grading options for students. “This is a matter of people’s health and well-being,” Engineering sophomore Maria Fields said.

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Michigan Medicine to implement two-week pause on visitors in response to omicron surge

David Miller, president of Michigan Medicine, announced Tuesday in a press conference that the hospital system would be putting a two-week pause on all visitors for adult patients in their waiting rooms. Miller said that although visitors are crucial to patients, Michigan Medicine feels it is best to temporarily implement this change given the recent surge in the COVID-19 omicron variant.

At least temporarily, an additional chart has been added to the U-M COVID-19 dashboard displaying daily positive cases counts during this time of increased activity. The daily case chart reports cases each day going back to Dec. 5. Preliminary daily data for the week ending on Jan. 8 shows case counts rising to a peak of 337 on Jan. 5. U-M officials will continue to watch the data closely. In addition, a new resource has been added to direct the public to the Clinical Severity Index used by the University Health Service in the evaluation of campus cases identified at UHS. University officials report that all on-campus resident students who tested positive last week and needed isolation housing have been relocated from the residence halls.

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