Kristen Jordan Shamus
| Detroit free press
A spokesman for the department confirmed Saturday night with the Free Press, Michigan’s athletic department has been closed for two weeks due to confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 version.
The shutdown will affect all sports, including sports that are currently in seasons such as men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball (which was shifted from fall and ice hockey). The halt will begin immediately.
It was first reported by Michigan Daily student journalists.
There is no change in the operation of any other university.
“It is our understanding that the state did not recommend changes beyond athletics,” University spokesman Rick FitzGerald told the Free Press.
Now five cases have been confirmed in Washtenaw County with the highly contagious COVID-19 version B.1.1.7. Sources said the outbreak is that of a female student athlete.
“Canceling competitions is never something we want to do, but with so many unknowns about this version of COVID-19, we should reduce the spread among student-athletes, coaches, staff and student-athletes To do all that other schools should do, ”said Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel.
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The University of Public Health officials are working closely with the Washten County Health Department and the Michigan Department of Human Health Services on additional mitigation strategies, the athletic department said in a press release.
“The university will carefully consider additional mitigation measures. There are several unknowns that are under investigation by UM, local and state public health officials,” the school release said. “It has not been determined how the pause may affect the scheduled games beyond February 7.”
The Department of Health stated that the new coronovirus variant transmits more easily and may lead to more positive cases.
The Medical Director of the Washtenaw County Health Department, Drs. “We are looking at this situation as closely as possible,” said Juan Luis Marquez. “And we ask everyone to continue with the transmission – masks, stopping distances, avoiding congestion or gathering, cleaning our hands repeatedly and carefully following isolation or quarantine guidance.”
The county is urging people who came immediately to test the virus from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and at the Bearwood Mall from 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. last Sunday.
A spokeswoman for the Washtenaw County Health Department, Susan Ringler Cerniglia, said state Patient Zero underwent a negative coronavirus test two days ago.
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The woman also tested negative for the virus on January 4 and January 4. 6. He received a positive coronavirus test result on 8 January and isolation began on that date.
Ringler Cerniglia said that the majority of the additional seven people contracted the virus, who live in homes associated with the woman, and also in Quarantine.
B.1.1.7 version is not more fatal and people are not likely to be more seriously ill than other variants of coronavirus. But it is 1.5 times more permeable, meaning it spreads about 50% faster than other strains of the virus circulating in Michigan.
Late Friday, the athletic department reported that it had 22 COVID-19 positive cases during the week of January 16 to January 22.
This is not the first time UM has had a problem with COVID-19. The football team closed its season early after a COVID-19 outbreak. The shutdown included canceling a rivalry game with Ohio State.
The winter term for students began on Monday, although most students are not on campus. The university announced in November that it would cancel all housing contracts for the winter term and allow only a few students to campus.
Those who return to campus will face a crack from the university over public health-related behaviors, the school said.
The university said in its announcement, “Students returning to campus in winter will face a strict, no-tolerance approach to implementing policies related to COVID-19.” “Depending on the violation, penalties will include automatic probation, termination of a university housing contract and removal of university accreditation for student organizations participating in or participating in social ceremonies.”
The university states that in-class classes will be limited to those required through in-person or for licensure.
The free COVID-19 test will be available Sunday afternoon from 12 to 5 pm at Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor. Pre-registration is available, but not required. Details: https://www.washtenaw.org/3158/Testing.
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