COVID Weekly Update 4/16/21

April 16, 2021

As we continue to monitor the increase in COVID cases throughout our state, we remain confident in our plans to keep the campus community safe.

Dear Colleagues,

As we continue to monitor the increase in COVID cases throughout our state, we remain confident in our plans to keep the campus community safe. This week we opened limited student study space in the library without incident. This opportunity allows our students to study in a safe space, as they prepare for final exams. In the interest of safety, we have also made the decision to move our commencement ceremonies outdoors into the parking lot on the south side of the Fieldhouse. A complete overview of commencement celebrations will be shared in Reporter on Tuesday.

State Extends Order To Work From Home

This week, it was announced the state would extend its work from home restrictions. State restrictions do not prohibit on-site work. Rather, they keep protocols in place, such as face coverings, cleaning and training, to limit transmission so employees may safely transition back to the workplace. We have strictly followed these guidelines from the beginning of the pandemic. Faculty and staff should prepare to continue their current work arrangements through, at least, early July. It has been shared that a return to campus will be phased throughout the summer and into the fall. Your supervisor or department chair will continue to keep you apprised of planning progress beginning in May.

Vaccine Resources
While there was a pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week, we continue to strongly encourage vaccination to help protect everyone from COVID-19. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been administered to more than 100 million people in the U.S. with no significant side effects or major concerns. There are numerous resources for you to obtain a vaccine. Please visit our recently updated vaccination resources page to identify vaccine locations in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties. Vaccinations continue to be offered at Ford Field in Detroit and at neighborhood pharmacies such as CVS, Meijer, Kroger and others throughout the region.

Town Hall 
virtual town hall will be held on Friday, April 23. Thoughts will be shared regarding the end of the semester, as well as updates regarding the summer semesters and fall transition back to campus. We will be joined by U-M Chief Health Officer, Dr. Preeti Malani, to address your COVID-related health concerns. Please register in advance of the town hall. 

In case you missed it, UM-Dearborn was featured in Inside Higher Education regarding our exam proctoring decision. Many of our faculty were featured in the article. Congratulations and good job to all - again, we have demonstrated what it means to be leaders and best! 

We have two more weeks remaining in the semester, let’s continue to work together to have a safe conclusion to the semester.

Be Safe - Go Blue - Go Dearborn!

Domenico Grasso 

Sue Alcock 

Bryan Dadey 
Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs

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