Important COVID Reminders

November 19, 2021

We send this communication as a reminder to please remain vigilant as we begin the holiday season next week. 

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students, 

We send this communication as a reminder to please remain vigilant as we begin the holiday season next week. 

You may have noticed COVID cases are again increasing across the country, with Michigan leading the country in new COVID cases. We’ve also seen a slight increase in cases within the UM-Dearborn community. While the trends are moving in the wrong direction, the cases on campus remain relatively low and there is no indication of on-campus transmission of COVID. Currently, there is no reason to pivot classes to a fully remote modality or to alter our current work schedules. University leadership continues to monitor data and will make necessary adjustments throughout the remaining semester. You may review current campus COVID data on our website. 

Your steadfast commitment to following health and safety guidelines has resulted in the great position the university is in today. We all need to continue to remain vigilant, stay safe, and work together to finish the semester strong. Please remember a few simple health and safety precautions during the upcoming holiday and travel season. 

  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home. We are hearing of many instances of people thinking it is “only allergies” when in fact they have COVID. 
  • All faculty, staff, and students must complete the ResponsiBLUE daily health screening before coming to campus each day they are on campus. Faculty and staff should report their ResponsiBLUE status to their supervisor if they receive the red check and must not come to campus. Students should report a red check screen to DearbornCOVIDsupport@umich.edu or call 313-593-5056 and must not come to campus.  
  • As a reminder, faculty or staff who test positive for COVID-19, are required to contact the Office of Human Resources at 313-593-5190 or humanresourcesdearborn@umich.edu.
  • Face-coverings are required inside all UM-Dearborn buildings and on campus transportation for all faculty, staff, students, and guests regardless of vaccination status. Face-coverings may only be removed when actively eating or drinking or when in an office by yourself with the door closed. Food and beverages are not allowed in classrooms. 
  • Continue to wash your hands and practice good hygiene.
  • Try to avoid large gatherings and close contact with others. 
  • Get a flu shot, we are also seeing a rise in flu cases throughout the region, with UM-Ann Arbor recently seeing a significant spike. Remember that the flu shot is readily available at many locations throughout the region
  • If you are traveling, be aware of testing and vaccine requirements in the region you are traveling. The White House has revoked some measures that restricted travel from certain areas and implemented vaccination requirements and proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The U-M International Center has additional details

In October we shared information about the winter semester COVID protocols. There have not been any changes to our winter semester plans. A few highlights include:

  • Vaccination, face-covering, and daily health screening policies will remain in place for the winter 2022 semester; this includes weekly testing for those with exemptions.
  • New students or students who are fully online this fall and will be returning for in-person classes must be compliant with the vaccination policy by January 3, 2022. Newly hired and continuing employees should also expect to be in compliance with the vaccination policy.
  • Students with compliance questions should email DearbornCOVIDSupport@umich.edu.
  • Employees with compliance questions should contact HumanResourcesDearborn@umich.edu.
  • The testing center will add extra days after campus breaks.

There have been a few specific questions regarding COVID-related policies that are addressed below. 

Q.  Will the campus COVID testing clinic be open the week of November 22, 2021?

A.  No. The campus testing clinic will be closed. The clinic will reopen on Monday, November 29, 2021, and will run through Thursday that week. It will return to its normal Tuesday/Wednesday schedule on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. If you test weekly, please plan accordingly for your work or class schedule.

Please remember the on-campus testing clinic is a campus service and you are welcome to use a different off-campus testing clinic of your choice. 

Q.  Are booster shots required to remain compliant with the university vaccination policy?

A.  At this time booster shots are not required to remain compliant with the vaccination policy. This policy is not expected to change before January 2022. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued recommendations for use of a single COVID-19 vaccine booster dose after completion of a primary series. U-M has updated the Campus Maize and Blueprint site’s FAQ on booster shots, and Michigan Medicine has additional COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs. Michigan Medicine also has information on scheduling shots, boosters, and third doses for individuals with compromised immunity.

Q.  Will COVID-19 booster shots be offered on campus? 

A.  No. The clinic will discontinue vaccinations in December 2021 due to low demand.  This is not expected to change for the winter semester. However, vaccinations are widely available throughout the region.

Q.  Have COVID testing days and hours been set for next semester?

A.  No. Testing clinic days and times will be shared toward the end of the semester. 

Q.  When will the face-covering policy end?

A.  The face-covering policy will extend into the winter semester and there is currently no timeframe to end the policy. 

Q.  Will hybrid and remote work continue into next semester?

A.  Yes, employees should plan to continue their current work schedules as approved by their supervisor.

Finally, if you have any questions regarding the winter semester or any current COVID policies, please ask your supervisor or DearbornCOVIDSupport@umich.edu

At this time of thanksgiving, we remain grateful for your incredible commitment to keep each other and our campus community safe. Thank you. 

We wish you a relaxing fall break and Thanksgiving holiday. 

Go Blue - Go Dearborn!

Domenico Grasso 
Chancellor 

Gabriella Scarlatta
Interim Provost 

Bryan Dadey 
Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs 

Amy Finley 
Dean of Students 

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