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Risk Appears Minimal, But Health Department Locks Down U-M Undergrads Anyway

The Washtenaw County Health Department issued a stay-at-home order targeting University of Michigan undergraduate students living in on-campus, near-campus, or off-campus housing.

The county health department order acknowledges the increase in cases has not resulted in additional deaths.

“COVID-19 cases among 18-24 year-old persons, thus far in Washtenaw County, have not resulted in increased hospitalization or death rates,” the order stated.

Since June 1, the rolling seven-day average death rate for COVID-19 in Washtenaw County has registered at 0.0, according to the state of Michigan. Washtenaw County has seen three COVID-19 deaths since Aug. 15.

Under the stay-at-home order, undergraduate students are still able to attend classes, participate in athletic practices and go to work with employer approval.

The stay-at-home order only applies to undergraduate students. The University of Michigan had 31,266 undergrad students in fall 2019. But it also had 16,824 graduate students. Those students will not have to abide by the lockdown order.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer went on CNN earlier this month and said, "This virus doesn't care who you are."

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