Order comes amid spike in COVID cases, though athletes are exempt
(Newser) – Campus life will play out in dorm rooms over the next 14 days at the University of Michigan, which is now under a stay-at-home order. University officials announced the two-week mandate on Tuesday, saying social gatherings on campus were “the main cause of recent COVID-19 spread on campus, in the surrounding community and the broader region,” per the Detroit News. “The situation locally has become critical, and this order is necessary to reverse the current increase in cases,” adds Washtenaw County health officer Jimena Loveluck. UM students make up more than 60% of local cases, per CNN. The majority of UM’s 31,000 undergraduate students will now have to stay home except when getting food, attending in-person classes, or completing other essential work. Some 80% of coursework is delivered remotely, though that will increase to 90%.
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