"These cases are clusters," said Linda Vail, a county health officer, in an interview Saturday night. "Here, there and everywhere. We have a serious, serious increase in cases, all of which are tied to a particular demographic. This is an urgent situation."
The university, which has about 50,000 students enrolled, announced in mid-August that classes were out of the way and asked most of the students who would have lived on campus to stay at home. However, according to Emily Gerkin Guerrant, a spokeswoman for the university, around 35,000 students with off-campus leases returned to East Lansing before the semester began on Sept. 2, and 2,800 students – including athletes, international students, or students with no permanent housing – were allowed to go stay in the dorms.
As part of the recommended quarantine, students should only leave their homes for face-to-face classes or to get food or medicine, Ms. Vail said. Although the quarantine is a recommendation, she said it could be changed to an order for large homes where groups of more than 10 students live together.
Elsewhere in the state, several University of Michigan students recently went to TikTok to outrage themselves over campus health policies, including the jury-rigged accommodations where the university has quarantined those who test positive were. They expressed their support for the continuation of the strikes of PhD students, some of whom are trainers and have called for the right to remote work, increased transparency of tests and other anti-virus measures.
According to the school's database, there have been 367 confirmed cases since March and 19 cases since students returned in late August for a mix of face-to-face and distance learning.
Students who test positive will not have to use the university's quarantine enclosure and may choose to stay in their own quarantine enclosure, said Rick Fitzgerald, a spokesman for the University of Michigan. He added that the single-use apartments used for quarantine included a refrigerator and oven, and that the university was trying to find microwaves that they could give students to heat the university-supplied meals.