As of Monday afternoon, 82 cases of COVID-19 have been linked to students returning to Central Michigan University, according to the Central Michigan Health Department.
That number is as of 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 24.
Of those cases, 75 have been confirmed and seven are probable.
Case counts include current students, former students, and those living in the community who were identified as being associated with other cases related to the return to school, the health department said.
Classes resumed at CMU on Monday, Aug. 17.
In the week prior to classes starting, there were five confirmed cases found to be associated with the university, the health department said.
“Our investigations have shown that many individuals that have tested positive live with several roommates or have attended large social gatherings. Each positive case had multiple contacts,” the health department said.
Students aren’t surprised by the increase in cases.
“In the academic buildings the social distancing is working fine, like on that end everything is going ok,” junior Kendalyn Town said. “It’s what happens off campus that is going to cause the trouble so I don’t know how much the university can really do at this point.”
Last week, TV5 reported on a large party police broke up Thursday night.
Although there weren’t any parties on that scale over the weekend, students have still seen large groups together without masks.
For some, it’s concerning.
“I walk into a classroom and I’m sitting with fifteen to twenty other people,” CMU Senior Allyson Przekora said. “I know where I’ve been, and I know that I’ve been responsible but the person next to me might not have been that careful or maybe just they don’t have anyone firsthand that’s experienced it.”
The student-caused COVID-19 surge is happening across the state.
Eastern Michigan University announced today it will delay its move in by three weeks and start the year online.
Northern Michigan University suspended in person classes last week due to testing delays.
Students who spoke to TV5 said they are eager to get back to in person classes. But many of them don’t know when that will be.