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NMU reports small increase in coronavirus cases

The university’s health director says 11 of the 35 active cases came from the surveillance tests conducted Monday, which reflects the general trends in the community.
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Published: Oct. 29, 2020 at 11:36 AM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Northern Michigan University says a slight increase in coronavirus cases on campus reflects the trend in the Marquette community.

As of Thursday morning, NMU’s coronavirus dashboard shows 35 active positive cases, with 23 reported the previous two days. The 35 cases equate to less than a half-percent of the university’s total population. Six of the cases are employees, 24 are students who live off campus and five are students who live on campus.

The university’s health director says 11 of the new positive cases came from the 400 surveillance tests conducted Monday, which reflects the general trends in the community. Each case is handled in partnership with the Marquette County Health Department. All cases have been alerted and contact tracing is ongoing.

“All the protocols are working well,” said NMU spokesperson Derek Hall. “We conduct surveillance and athlete testing every week.”

NMU continues to hold most classes in person, and there are less than four weeks until the end of the fall semester. The university announced increased restrictions on guests last week.

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