Two weeks into classes, Central Michigan University has 178 COVID-19 cases

The reopening of Central Michigan University is now linked to 178 confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus. (Bridge file photo)

This is likely not the beginning of the school year Central Michigan University President Robert Davies anticipated while playing cornhole at a student house party in mid-August, days before classes started.

After two weeks of classes, there are 178 confirmed and probable coronavirus cases linked to the return of students to the Mount Pleasant campus, many tied to off-campus parties that opening weekend.

The surge in cases linked by the Central Michigan District Health Department to the campus, at least 117 of whom are CMU students, has led to the declaration of a public health emergency in the mid-Michigan community, and was a major factor in Eastern Michigan University’s decision to move classes online.

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CMU classes began Monday, Aug. 17; by that Friday, there were 38 cases of the coronavirus confirmed by the health department. A week later, the number of confirmed cases had jumped to 126. By Monday, Aug. 31, the number was 163 confirmed, with another 15 probable cases.

In addition to current students, the CMU-connected cases include former students and other young people who attended off-campus parties the weekend before classes began, which the health department blamed for the outbreak.

Davies, the university president, has apologized for playing games on opening weekend outside of a house party, where he was captured on video.

While the vast majority of student cases are among off-campus students, eight students who live in residence halls tested positive for COVID-19 this week, according to CMU spokesperson John Veilleux.

A local public health emergency declaration last week limited the size of indoor gatherings to 25 people in Mount Pleasant. Steve Hall, health officer for the Central Michigan District Health Department, told Bridge in an email Monday that police believed the emergency declaration helped tamp down the size of house parties this past weekend.

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Slow summer
Tue, 09/01/2020 - 9:27am

Let's hope for a miracle! Let's pray that these failing attempts at "herd immunity" work. It seems to be working in Sweden, if your goal is to kill the elderly and cut Medicare/Social Security costs. Isn't that what Republicans want? Just another reason for the elderly to trust and vote for Trump and his cast of characters DeVos, and Trump wannabes like James?

Dr. Gupta: What’s happening in Sweden is ‘a cautionary tale’ against herd immunity strategy

Rich M
Tue, 09/01/2020 - 10:39am

We can be fairly certain that transmission is ongoing within Central Michigan University if we weren't before. Does it make a difference to the university that the students are spreading the disease to each other, and potentially the faculty, staff and townsfolk? I guess we'll find out.

middle of the mit
Tue, 09/01/2020 - 7:26pm

What are we worried about? These youngsters are healthy and not susceptible to the disease. At least that is what we are being told by certain members of society.

These same members say that they younger you are the less able you are to transmit the disease(cold and flu) to others.

Does that seem to be the case?

But this is what HHS is spending money on.

And Betsy DeVoss says the virus is good for schools.

So the Whooo Han(Solo) virus isn't something that we should worry about, except that dem Governors let old folks die of the flu and cold, or was it the Whoo (Han)Solo virus that was made in a lab to decimate America and it's economy?

If one side could decide what is happening to this Country and the World, come to a consensus on that, and then work with the other side...........WE might be able to overcome this virus.

What will it be?

Sun, 09/06/2020 - 1:27am

Not buying it , we've already been warned you were going to start up the lies on increased covid19 cases once schools were opened. You leftest don't give up do you.