Coronavirus cases are starting to pop up in schools. Now campuses are cleared and graduations are off the calendar for now.
MICHIGAN (AP) — Michigan State University reported a coronavirus case this weekend, along with a new case at UM-Dearborn, prompting more swift action in the state. Now May graduation events will be postponed for thousands of students.
“We were notified (Friday) of our first confirmed case related to our MSU community, and we anticipate there will be more,” the school said on Twitter.
For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
“The spread of coronavirus is very serious, and Spartans need to understand the critical importance of social distancing and how the virus can spread quickly in large crowds. We need everyone’s cooperation in this crisis,” MSU said.
School President Samuel Stanley Jr. said he’s been “very concerned and troubled” to see news coverage of long lines of students waiting to get into East Lansing bars, especially after in-person classes were canceled Wednesday. Those were shut down the next week, just this Monday.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has closed all K-12 schools and banned most gatherings.
The University of Michigan, which also has stopped all in-person classes, canceled spring commencement Friday. MSU had nearly 8,000 graduates in May 2019.
UM-Dearborn has confirmed a case on campus, along with a local Dearborn elementary school.
A staff member at Osborn High School in Detroit also was infected, although the staffer has been released from a hospital, said Supt. Nikolai Vitti. The city health department recommended 14 days of self-quarantine for students or faculty who had primary contact with the staffer.
“Other staff members have indicated they are demonstrating symptoms of COVID-19,” Vitti said.