COVID Weekly Update 1/21/22

January 21, 2022

We have improving news to share regarding the state of the pandemic.

Dear Colleagues and Students,

We have improving news to share regarding the state of the pandemic. Both the State of Michigan and, closer to home, the number of faculty, staff, and students in our community reporting COVID infection is on the decline this week. We have no report of spread in the classroom. Nationally, there is evidence that cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are also declining. This is certainly good news.

As a reminder, you can track weekly COVID data on the university dashboard

Boosters, Testing, and Masks available at the University Center

To be considered fully vaccinated and compliant with the vaccination policy, booster shots will be required for all faculty, staff, and students by February 4, or as soon as eligible thereafter. This will provide an added layer of protection for our campus community. Booster shots are available free of charge at the clinic in the University Center. The testing center is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7:30 am-6:30 pm, through April 27.

Please upload your booster information using the booster upload form in Wolverine Access as soon as possible. If you already have an approved vaccination exemption you do not have to request a booster exemption.

As a reminder, COVID tests are also available free of charge to all students, faculty, and staff during testing hours regardless of your vaccination or exemption status. If you believe you have COVID or if you are experiencing any COVID-related symptoms, please do not come to campus; find an off-site testing center. 

Mask Availability

KN95 and surgical masks are available, free of charge, at the information desk in the University Center and in the Deans’ suites at the Fairlane Center. Surgical masks are also available at the following locations across campus: Human Resources, CSS Reception Desk, Mardigian Library, CASL Advising Office, Career Services, and College Deans' Offices. Signs have been posted on building doors with mask locations. 

N95 and KN95 masks begin to lose efficacy over time. The CDC recommends limiting the number of donnings for these masks to no more than five per device. This USA Today article also provides good advice regarding masks.  The difference between the KN95 and N95 masks is where they are manufactured. If you decide to order KN95 or N95 masks personally, be aware that there are many counterfeit products on the market.  You can cross-check the authenticity of products with a NIOSH database available on the CDC website

Free At-home Tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests will be shipped to your home in 7-12 days via USPS for free. You can order free tests at this website.

Reporting of Positive COVID Results 

Students should report positive COVID illness to DearbornCOVIDsupport@umich.edu or call 313-593-5056. Students should also inform their professors if they are going to miss class. 

Faculty or staff members who test positive for COVID are required to contact the Office of Human Resources at 313-593-5190 or humanresourcesdearborn@umich.edu. Faculty members should let their chair know and discuss the possibility of moving classes online for the duration of the quarantine. Staff members should also inform their supervisor. 

Town Hall with Dr. Malani

On January 13, we had an engaging and informative conversation with U-M Chief Health Officer Dr. Preeti Malani. She provided professional and useful guidance around health and safety protocols and university policies. If you are interested in learning some of the key takeaways from the town hall or if you would like to view a recording of the event, please visit our news site.

We are very pleased to be back on campus and offering in-person classes. Thank you for all you are doing to keep our community safe. Together we will get through this.

Be Kind - Be Safe - Go Blue - Go Dearborn!

Domenico Grasso 
Chancellor

Gabriella Scarlatta
Interim Provost 

Bryan Dadey 
Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs

Amy Finley 
Dean of Students