Western Michigan University reports 66 new coronavirus cases

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KALAMAZOO, MI — Western Michigan University’s Sindecuse Health Center reported 66 new coronavirus cases to its COVID-19 Dashboard Friday, Oct. 2.

The cases were found from Sept. 28-30, as Sindecuse health center has been reporting data Tuesday and Friday evenings each week. Sindecuse reported 50 positive cases on Tuesday, Sept. 29., stemming from the results of WMU community members that were tested on Sept. 24-25.

The new coronavirus data reported Friday brings WMU’s total to 504 since students returned in mid-August.

Montgomery told WMU community members in an email on Sept. 21 that the increase in cases was expected as a result of the return to campus as well as Labor Day weekend.

“The majority of the positive cases seem to be stemming from off-campus living situations and off-campus social gatherings,” Montgomery said in the email.

While the number of new cases has trended down in recent weeks, so has the number of tests being administered, right after the measure saw a small increase earlier in the month of September.

As of Sept. 30, the percentage of tested individuals testing positive is 15.9% on a 7-day average, below the 20% mark the measure hovered near throughout September.

The 7-day average number of tests conducted at WMU fell drastically in early September following the university’s five-day testing event at the Student Recreation Center on its main campus, which ran from Aug. 27 through Aug. 31. At that event, 1,128 people were tested.

Days after the event, Sindecuse was averaging 235 tests per week. That figure has not risen above 192.8 since, and the 7-day average of tests conducted has stayed under 150 tests for a large part of September. On average, there were 148 individuals tested daily in the 7-day period ending on Sept. 30.

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University of Wyoming wrestling reports 6 COVID-19 cases

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming has announced that its wrestling program halted activities after the team confirmed six cases of COVID-19.

The university said in a statement that the team won’t engage in any athletic activities and members are being asked to self-isolate through Oct. 14, including attending classes remotely, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.

The announcement came a week after the cheer team stopped activities after three of its 40-member squad tested positive for the virus. The school also closed its law school last month to in-person classes after six students also tested positive for COVID-19.

University officials reported 113 active confirmed COVID-19 cases among students and employees as of Wednesday. Fourteen cases involved students living on campus. Another 112 people were quarantined for possible exposure.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.

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Rangers to buy out goalie Henrik Lundqvist, per reports; ends 15-year career in New York

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It’s the end of an era in New York.

Per multiple reports — the first from the New York Post — the Rangers on Wednesday will announce the buyout of goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who has spent the entirety of his sterling 15-year career with the Blueshirts. He will leave as the team’s most accomplished goalie ever, accumulating a 459-310-96 record, 23,509 saves, a 2.43 goals against average and a 91.8 save percentage.

The buyout of the final season of his seven-year, $59.5 million contract will free up $3 million in cap space for the Rangers in of 2020-21, per CapFriendly.com. It will create $1.5 million in dead cap hit the following season. With the move, the Rangers will have $25.7 million in cap space — fourth-most in the NHL — per Spotrac.

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It’s uncertain whether Lundqvist will retire or choose to sift through the free agency market. The 2012 Vezina Trophy winner almost certainly will have suitors, but issues of team fit and cap space will be factors in whether he chooses to retire.

Should Lunqvist retire, he would do so as the sixth-winningest goalie in NHL history. That aptitude helped the Rangers reach the postseason in 11 of Lundqvist’s 15 seasons in New York, including two trips to the Eastern Conference finals and one to the Stanley Cup Final. The only thing missing was the Stanley Cup itself; the closest Lundqvist came to hoisting it came in 2014, when his Rangers lost to the Kings 4-1 in the Stanley Cup Final.

That certainly doesn’t detract from Lundqvist’s storied career, however. He leaves New York with multiple NHL and Rangers records. He is the only goaltender in NHL history to record 30 wins in each of his first


Western Michigan University reports 84 new coronavirus cases

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KALAMAZOO — Western Michigan University reported 84 new coronavirus cases to its COVID-19 Dashboard Friday, Sept. 25.

Friday’s new batch of cases pushes the school’s total number of cases to 388 since students returned to campus back in August.

The data released Friday is from cases that were reported Sept. 21-23., as the university has been updating data from Sindecuse Health Center in its dashboard on Tuesday and Friday evenings each week.

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 its plan.

“Community spread is a factor that we continue to watch carefully,” Montgomery said. “We assess our data at regularly scheduled meetings between WMU’s COVID-19 Response Coordination team leaders and our county health officials. At its most recent meeting, the group concluded that we are seeing evidence of increasing disease transmission among WMU students.”

Montgomery told WMU community members that the increase in cases was expected as a result of the back-to-campus return as well as Labor Day weekend.

“The majority of the positive cases seem to be stemming from off-campus living situations and off-campus social gatherings,” Montgomery said in the email.

Mona Shores High School announced in an email to parents this week that two students tested positive for coronavirus, and are believed to have been exposed during a weekend visit to Western Michigan University.

Health officials believe both students were exposed to the virus after visiting Western Michigan University the weekend of Sept. 12, the school said.

On Monday, the university announced that Sindecuse Health Center has expanded its testing capabilities.

“Sindecuse had a handful of days where staff determined that capacity was not sufficient… Before we could