An outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus named "2019 Novel Coronavirus" or "COVID-19" is affecting a large number of countries around the world, including the United States. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring developments and travel advisories are in place.
Michigan Tech Updates
The University is working closely with the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department and following the guidance of the CDC in monitoring COVID-19 developments. We have a pandemic preparedness plan in place, and six University task forces have convened to prepare for and respond to implications and impacts for the campus community. We have activated steps to re-open campus facilities and operations.
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According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. People with the symptoms listed below may have COVID-19. Persons are not permitted on campus if in the last 24 hours they experienced any of the following symptoms for a reason not attributable to a known condition other than COVID-19:
- Fever (100.4 F or higher) or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Employees and students who meet this criteria will be asked to obtain a COVID-19 test or contact their medical provider for advice. MTU follows CDC guidance regarding when it is safe to return to campus.
As a precaution, please follow these recommended guidelines from the CDC if you are not feeling well. Most importantly, if you are feeling ill, please seek medical care right away. Call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms before going to the emergency room at UP Health System Portage (906-483-1000), Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital (906-337-6500), or Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center-Houghton Clinic (906-483-1860, located in the SDC).
We are working collectively to maximize the available services on campus for employees and students who choose to be present during this time, while remaining consistent with CDC guidance and the State Executive Orders. Your strict adherence to these guidelines will help us accomplish that goal.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What steps is the University taking to address COVID-19?
President Koubek has assembled a COVID-19 response team, consisting of University leadership and public health officials. The team has reviewed and is modifying as needed plans for preventing the contraction and/or spread of COVID-19. Six University task forces have prepared for and are responding to implications and impacts on the campus community. COVID-19 protocols are in place and updates and frequently asked questions are organized by audience:
If you think you have been exposed, please fill out Michigan Tech's Returning Travelers Form.
All employees and students are encouraged to self-monitor for any symptoms indicative of the COVID-19 virus, which, pursuant to the current CDC guidelines, include fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath. If you exhibit any of these symptoms, we encourage you to seek medical treatment and limit your contact with other individuals until cleared by a medical professional. Also, it is equally important to practice good hygiene, which includes handwashing and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer products to help mitigate the spread of the virus.
Updated March 10, 2020, 9 p.m.
What additional cleaning measures is the University undertaking?
Essential critical infrastructure workers who remain on campus received training from our environmental health and safety officer with the guidance of the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department and have increased the frequency of sanitizing high-touch areas such as doorknobs, railings, faucets, elevator buttons, and light switches.
Updated May 28, 2020, 9:30 a.m.
I'm concerned that I may have been exposed to COVID-19. What should I do?
If you are feeling ill, please seek medical care right away. Call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms before going to the emergency room at UP Health System Portage (906-483-1000), Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital (906-337-6500) or Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center-Houghton Clinic (906-483-1860, located in the SDC).
If your travel could have exposed you to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), or if you think you have been exposed in other ways, please fill out Michigan Tech's returning travelers form.
Updated March 13, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
What is the Husky Emergency Assistance Program?
The Husky Emergency Assistance Fund has been established to help members of the Michigan Tech campus community (students and employees) who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of crises such as the COVID-19 situation. To learn more visit Husky Emergency Assistance Fund or call 906-487-1567.
Updated May 11, 2020, 3 p.m.
I have kids. What are my options while K-12 schools are closed?
During Step Two, only essential visitors are permitted on campus. Children are not included on the list of essential visitors at this time. See Michigan Tech's Return to Campus - Step Two Protocol, issued June 15, 2020, for more details.
For University employees, if remote work or other dependent care options are not available, then you qualify for Pandemic Leave.
Updated June 12, 2020
Where can I find credible information about COVID-19, its symptoms, and how to prevent its spread?
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have a dedicated COVID-19 website and provide regular updates on all aspects of the disease including the facts about COVID-19. You may also want to review the information provided by the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health.
Updated March 11, 2020, 8 a.m.
Ethnic harassment or bullying exacerbates hatred, harms individuals, and is never justified, no matter the circumstances. These behaviors cultivate misunderstanding and fear, and hurt all of us.
Michigan Tech does not tolerate discrimination or harassment. As a University, we strive to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff are able to study, work, teach, and learn in an environment that is healthy, safe, and free from bias or discrimination.
Through our own language and conduct, we must demonstrate that health and tolerance are compatible values. Both are central elements of educational excellence.
For more information or assistance, contact the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-487-2920, or Institutional Equity at email@example.com or 906-487-3310. You can also report a concern.