(WXYZ) — University of Michigan President Dr. Mark Schlissel joined 7 UpFront on Friday evening, just a week after the university announced its plans for the winter 2021 semester.
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The new plan includes a provision that undergraduates who do not need to live on campus must stay in their permanent residences during the semester to reduce density in UM’s residence halls.
It also includes mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing for undergraduates living, learning, working, or researching in person on the Ann Arbor campus, significant increases in asymptomatic testing for all members of the campus community and new measures to support mental health and well-being. to be.
According to Schlissel, they’ve had a reduced semester, with around 70-80% of students starting online and now nearly 90% online. Dorms are about 2/3 occupancy.
The good news, he said, is that research labs are operating at around 60% capacity, as is the healthcare system.
Schlissel also explained how the school of public health officers became the governor’s office advisor for the pandemic, and that research teams are testing two vaccines and a new antibody treatment. They are also looking at new drugs that can reduce the effects of COVID-19 and studying the biology of a virus that can shut down the world.