Coronavirus cluster identified on 3rd floor of University of Michigan’s Mary Markley Hall

ANN ARBOR, MI — Residents of the third floor of the University of Michigan’s Mary Markley Hall are being asked to practice enhanced social distancing after a cluster of coronavirus cases have been identified there.

A pop-up testing event and other testing have identified 12 additional positive cases on the third floor of the dorm, university officials said. And because of previous cases in the dorm, additional measures are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the building, according to a public health notice.

Residents of the third floor should not attend in-person classes and are expected to follow enhanced social distancing for the next 14 days, the notice states. This includes:

  • Monitoring their health daily by completing the ResponsiBLUE Symptom Tracker. This is a requirement for all individuals on campus daily.
  • Taking their temperature two times a day.
  • Staying in their room as much as possible and avoiding contact with others (no social gatherings).
  • Only leaving their room when necessary to obtain food, use the bathroom, or in the case of an emergency.
  • Wearing a face covering if they must leave their room. Due to increased testing for athletes, they can also leave to attend their athletic events.
  • Maintaining six feet of social distancing at all times.
  • Washing hands frequently.

In an update on UM’s COVID-19 dashboard, the university said there is no evidence of additional clusters within the building. University Health Services will provide mandatory pop-up testing throughout the week for the remaining building residents who were not previously tested in the past 14 days, the update states.

As of Oct. 9, there are 34 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mary Markley Hall, dashboard data shows. The only other residence halls with more cases that are listed on the dashboard are South Quad with 60 cases and West Quad with 51 cases.

Data for residence halls is updated weekly, according to the dashboard.

Since Sept. 13, UM has had 637 positive COVID-19 cases with most of those cases being tested outside the university. There have been 14 confirmed cases since Oct. 11, the dashboard says.

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