UM-Dearborn is reporting confirmed COVID-19 cases in the following categories: 

  • Students, faculty and staff that are expected to work or take classes on campus. This data is broken down in two categories:
    • Students, faculty and staff that have come in close contact with others while on campus
    • Students, faculty, and staff that have not had close contact with others on campus
  • Students, faculty, and staff that are fully remote this semester. Please note, these numbers only reflect confirmed cases shared with the university. Only students, faculty and staff coming to campus are required to report confirmed COVID-19 cases to the university. 

Definition of close contact 
For COVID-19 reporting and contact tracing purposes on the UM-Dearborn campus, the university will define close contact as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, or who shared classroom space with such an individual, starting from 3 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 3 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

All students, faculty and staff are health screened before entering academic buildings. Health screenings include a brief health questionnaire and temperature check.

Campus Population Numbers

  • Total number of faculty on campus (fall 2020): 78
  • Total number of staff on campus (fall 2020): 200
  • Total number of students on campus (fall 2020): less than 1150
  • Total student enrollment: 8850 (approximate)
  • Total number of faculty and staff: 1000 (approximate)

Note: the number of students, faculty and staff on campus varies by day and time.

Reporting began on August 30, 2020 and the data will be updated weekly on Monday. Classes started on September 1, 2020.

Decision Triggers to Alter Campus Operations

The Office of Emergency Management has created guidance, informed by evidence-based science of COVID-19, regarding altering campus operations should the campus experience an outbreak of COVID-19 cases. This guidance, based on community and campus criteria, is intended to decrease risk of disease spread but cannot eliminate all risk.

Community Criteria

  • Significant, applicable action by the governor or other health official
  • Hospital admissions or surge capacity or inability to treat all patients without crisis care
  • Trends among regional peer institutions of higher education
  • Upward trajectory of influenza-like - when compared to traditional rates - and COVID-19 like syndromic surveillance within a 14-day period
  • Upward trajectory of documented cases or percentage of positive tests (with flat or increasing volume of tests for 14 days)
  • Degradation of robust testing capacity in the community including screening and contact tracing for symptomatic individuals
  • Inability to adequately test for COVID-19 due to supply chain issues (e.g. collection kits, processing reagents)
  • Delays in testing turnaround

Campus Criteria

  • Death of a campus member (student, faculty or staff)
  • Absenteeism with focus on critical areas such as public safety or environmental services (ability to maintain a safe, hygienic campus)
    • Acknowledges possible under-reporting by faculty and staff and serves as a marker for illness
    • Need to identify critical areas
  • Personal protective equipment shortages impacting ability to adequately protect critical operations
  • Cohorts/clusters
    • Number, location and type of cluster (cluster in a single campus location versus multiple widespread campus community spread)
  • Upward trajectory of influenza-like - when compared to traditional rates - and COVID-19 like syndromic surveillance within a 14-day period
  • Upward trajectory of documented cases or percentage of positive tests (with flat or increasing volume of tests for 14 days
  • Increasing cases of community transmission (no known source)
  • Daycare or K-12 closures
  • Confirmed positive professor or graduate student instructor who taught in-person class

Possible Actions

  • Advanced or heightened social distancing and environmental cleaning
  • Class suspension, building and facility closure to clean/disinfect/contact trace in consultation with local health officials
  • Travel
    • Difficulty returning home (internationally)
  • Full transition to remote learning

Final Decision Making

The final decision to alter Fall 2020 campus operations will be made by the chancellor, after consultation with senior leadership, area health professionals and other necessary officials.

Office of External Relations

1161
Administration Building (AB)
Phone: 
313-593-5140
Fax: 
313-593-5403
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