CMU reports 39 COVID-19 cases last week, Mount Pleasant area residents eligible for vaccine
Central Michigan University reported 39 new confirmed COVID-19 cases for the week of March 22-28, the highest weekly total for the Spring 2021 semester. This trend follows the State of Michigan which reported more than 4,000 cases per day for the past week.
"Here at CMU, we also have seen a significant increase in the number of positive cases over the past two weeks," President Bob Davies said in an April 1 email to the CMU community. "This is an alarming step in the wrong direction for our state and our campus community, and we must all take steps to reverse the trend."
Davies urged students to stay safe and avoid high-risk activities if traveling home or out of state for the upcoming long weekend.
"I urge you to use caution when traveling," Davies said. "Remember, engaging in higher-risk activities, such as getting together in large groups, can have repercussions for your friends and colleagues at CMU."
Davies said that if students do travel they should consider getting a surveillance test once they return.
"Please also consider getting vaccinated," Davies said. "All CMU students, faculty and staff are now eligible to receive vaccines. Vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective, and they are an important part of keeping ourselves and others safe."
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Tony Voisin announced effective April 1 all residents of Mount Pleasant or one of its six surrounding counties who are 16 years or older can register to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine, according to the email.
This news follows Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's March 12 announcement that all Michiganders age 16 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on April 5.
"Students who live or work in Mount Pleasant or one of its surrounding six counties can sign up for an appointment through the Central Michigan District Health Department webpage beginning today, Thursday, April 1," Voisin said in the email. "You also can register for an appointment on campus by visiting the CMU Health vaccine page, or find vaccination sites in other parts of the state on the Michigan vaccine locations webpage."