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The University of Michigan campus represents more than 60% of local cases, according to Washtenaw County health officials. 

ANN ARBOR, Mich.–The Washtenaw County Health Department issued an emergency stay-in-place order for University of Michigan (U of M) students that will last until Nov. 3 as local coronavirus cases skyrocket. 

“The situation locally has become critical, and this order is necessary to reverse the current increase in cases,” Jimena Loveluck, MSW, health officer for Washtenaw County said in a report by WDIV. “We must continue to do what we can to minimize the impact on the broader community and to ensure we have the public health capacity to fully investigate cases and prevent additional spread of illness.”

Under the order, undergraduate students must stay in their residence unless they’re attending class, accessing dining services or carrying out approved work that can’t be done remotely, the report said.The report added that a stay in place order is not the same as quarantine. 

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“During the stay in place order, official and essential activities are allowable when carried out using COVID-19 prevention measures including wearing face coverings, social distancing and frequent hand cleaning,” according to the report. “While this order allows students to work and participate in official activities with preventive measures in place, it also limits the impact of exposures on local businesses, workers and community members.”

The order  is meant to limit socializing among students and slow down the spread of COVID-19, officials said. U-M represents more than 60% of local cases, according to local officials. 

Washtenaw County has reported a total of 4,229 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Oct 19. More than 600 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in Washtenaw County since Oct. 12. 

All students who have been identified as testing positive or as a close contact as determined through case investigation are offered the opportunity to move into university quarantine and isolation housing and utilize other school resources.

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