The Daily's latest COVID-19 news

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 3:13pm

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The coronavirus pandemic has created a hectic news cycle. Here’s our most up-to-date COVID-19 news for the University of Michigan and Washtenaw County.

The latest:

Dec 3: As residence halls empty out and many students return to their permanent homes until next semester, reliance on the University of Michigan’s Quarantine and Isolation Housing has been decreasing. But throughout the semester, students have raised concerns about a lack of oversight in Q&I housing, where decisions about rules and safety seemed to be left to students’ discretion.

LSA freshman Adin Joyce, who was quarantined in Northwood Apartments at the end of September, would go on walks around North Campus with a friend who was also in quarantine. He said he knew others who would return to Central Campus while in quarantine.

Click here to read more.


The University reported 74 new COVID-19 cases the week of Thanksgiving. Hospitalizations at Michigan Medicine continue to rise with 105 COVID-19 patients currently admitted to the university hospital, according to a Dec. 2 update. Nationally, the United States reported its highest number of daily new deaths since the beginning of the pandemic Tuesday.

Due to a plethora of students leaving over Thanksgiving break, COVID-19 activity on campus has slowed. As of Wednesday night, the University reports 324 positive cases in the last 14 days. The University’s quarantine and isolation housing has decreased to 2.5% occupancy compared to last week’s figure of 6.7%, according to updates posted on the COVID-19 dashboard.

Here’s a link to the University’s COVID-19 tracking dashboard for the latest on-campus data.

Here’s what else you need to know:

Nov. 25: University of Michigan cases now account for less than 15% of all cases in Washtenaw County, according to the COVID-19 Dashboard website. As of Wednesday morning, the University reports 327 positive cases in the last 14 days. Quarantine and isolation housing has decreased to 6.7% occupancy compared to last week’s figure of 10.7%. Approximately 9,600 students have been tested since Nov. 9. 

Washtenaw County reports 1,823 confirmed cases and six deaths in the last two weeks, according to the Washtenaw County Health Department website. The county reported 180 confirmed cases and 16 hospitalizations in the last 24 hours. 

The state reported 6,290 new cases and 145 deaths Tuesday. Fifty-one of the deaths were identified during a vitals record review.

Nov. 23: LynxDx, a local biotechnology company partnered with the University of Michigan to provide COVID-19 PCR testing, said that at least one of its testing locations is experiencing high demand on Monday. 

“We are experiencing extremely high volumes today, if you have registered for testing, please come tomorrow or the following day (Wednesday),” LynxDx wrote in a Monday tweet. “We aim to accommodate as many people as possible, but may not be able to do so if you arrive today.”

The 2|42 Community Center is the testing site experiencing this high demand, the Washtenaw County Health Department specified in a follow-up tweet. 

In September, the Board of Regents voted to approve an eight-month contract not to exceed $2.124 million with LynxDx to offer saliva-based COVID-19 surveillance testing.

Nov. 19: Michigan is reporting 7,592 new cases and 134 deaths, including 64 from vital records reviews. 

Michigan has the fourth highest number of hospitalizations of all states, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health at MDHHS, said at a Thursday press conference. Khaldun also cautioned that every region in the state is seeing alarming test positivity rates.

Washtenaw County reported 148 confirmed cases and two hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, according to the Washtenaw County Health Department website.

The University of Michigan is reporting 377 new cases in the last 14 days, according to its COVID-19 dashboard.

Nov. 18: With Thanksgiving break on the horizon, departure testing is underway and will be available through Dec. 8 with additional dates added weekly. Sign up for a departure test here.

As of Wednesday evening, the University reports 381 positive cases in the last 14 days. The University’s quarantine and isolation housing has decreased to 10.7% occupancy compared to last week’s figure of 19%, according to updates posted on the COVID-19 dashboard.

Nov. 16: The state of Michigan has reported its 8,000th death related to COVID-19. The state reported 12,736 new cases and 55 deaths over a two-day period. 

“As the weather gets colder, we must continue to listen to medical experts and join forces to fight COVID-19,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a Monday press release. “We beat this virus in the spring by listening to the public health experts, and we can beat it again.”

Nov. 15: Following a record-breaking week for COVID-19 cases in Michigan and a worsening situation across the country, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an emergency epidemic order Sunday evening, implementing new restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

The order, which takes effect Wednesday at 12:01 a.m., limits indoor gatherings to two households at a time, closes indoor dining at bars and restaurants and shuts down casinos and movie theaters. Colleges and high schools must stop in-person learning and move to a remote-only format, while K-8 schools are allowed to remain open if stringent precautions are in place. The order will last for three weeks. 

According to the press release, college and professional sports “meeting extraordinary standards for risk mitigation” are allowed to continue without spectators, but other club or high school sports must temporarily stop.

Read The Daily’s previous COVID-19 coverage here.

COVID-19 numbers around the state:

Here is a link to two interactive COVID-19 data graphics, and here is a link to get more county data in the state of Michigan. One tracks the current case and death count in Michigan by county. The other tracks the case and death count over time. Hover over the graphs for more information. 

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