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Western Michigan University now has 438 reported coronavirus cases

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KALAMAZOO, MI — The Sindecuse Health Center at Western Michigan University reported 50 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, Sept. 29.



a group of people standing in front of a building: People wear masks as they walk on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020.


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People wear masks as they walk on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020.

The 50 new cases come from the results of WMU community members that were tested on Sept. 24-25. The university has been updating data on its online COVID-19 Dashboard each Tuesday and Friday evening.

The university reported 84 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, Sept. 25. Those new cases reported on Tuesday brings the university’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 438 since students returned to campus in August.

Despite the rising number of cases, the university has said it has no plans to enact a campus-wide shutdown or send students home. The university has said that decision takes into account the concerns of students whose classes require them to be in-person to remain on track to graduate.

Read more: WMU still confident in university’s return plan despite rising coronavirus cases, now at 163

Should there be a need to make changes to what is open on WMU’s campus, “targeted areas” will be shut down rather than the entire university, spokesperson Paula Davis said previously. Davis pointed to the shutdown of athletics activities on Sept. 10 as an example of this. A three-day shutdown of a specific academic program that was found to have a cluster of cases was another example the university listed.

WMU President Edward Montgomery sent an email to students and faculty on Monday, Sept. 21, to update community members where the university stands in its Safe Return Plan, saying the institution is currently in Phase 2 of that plan.

“Community spread is a factor that we continue