Three times more COVID-19 cases than fall 2021 in first week of unmasked classes

As of the latest update on Wednesday, 683 COVID-19 cases occurred on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus during the first week of school, according to the Campus Blueprint COVID-19 Dashboard. That’s nearly triple the number of cases on campus this time last year, with 182 positive cases reported during the first week in Fall 2021.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 cases during the first week of fall 2022 was 6.3%, an increase from the 0.8% campus positivity rate the first week of fall 2021. However, this semester’s positivity rate is consistent with the 6.1% rate during the first week of the winter 2022 semester. Overall, the current positive cases numbers are substantially lower than they were at the beginning of the winter 2022 semester when there were 1,918 positive cases reported in the first week.

As of Wednesday, U-M students were occupying 40.1% of the quarantine housing provided by the University.