Increase in University of Michigan coronavirus cases largely due to outside testing, dashboard shows

ANN ARBOR, MI – The number of coronavirus cases at the University of Michigan have increased for the third consecutive week, thanks largely to outside testing.



a group of people walking down the street: Students make their way through the Diag on the campus of the University of Michigan during unseasonably warm temperatures on Tuesday afternoon. Melanie Maxwell I MLive.com


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Students make their way through the Diag on the campus of the University of Michigan during unseasonably warm temperatures on Tuesday afternoon. Melanie Maxwell I MLive.com

The university’s COVID-19 dashboard shows UM had 153 cases identified last week – its highest weekly number of confirmed coronavirus cases – with 97 of those cases confirmed by outside testing. Of those positive cases, 141 were students, the dashboard indicated, with just 12 cases confirmed for non-students.

Last week, UM updated its COVID-19 dashboard to reflect testing that occurred outside the university, with the results showing there were 116 confirmed COVID-19 cases between Sept. 13-19, which was the previous high total for the university.

UM posted the update saying it was aware of the increase in positive cases and that the Washtenaw County Health Department is managing the off-campus cases and providing contact tracing.

Since the start of the fall semester, UM has increased its testing efforts, with 3,387 tests conducted last week, resulting in a testing positivity rate of 1.7%. Testing last week was down slightly, however, from the 3,687 tests conducted the week before.

Currently there are 19 students in isolation with a positive COVID-19 test, while another 83 are in quarantine for exposure and are awaiting test results.

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, 488 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the data.

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