Michigan Technological University recognizes the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had, and continues to have, on our students.
The Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology has compiled a few of the most utilized resources here. If you have questions or would like to explore other resources that may be available to you, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MTU Flex and COVID-19
What does MTU Flex mean?
MTU Flex is the University’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic on campus. As part of this plan, the University will use Health and Safety Levels to guide our behavior on campus. These levels provide us with the agility to respond to COVID-19 on campus and in the local community in real-time with scientifically informed, practical, and targeted steps. All incoming and current students should review MTU Flex on a regular basis for the most current information.
Where do I find COVID-19 information?
The MTU Flex website is continuously updated to provide our community with the most up-to-date information on the situation. The page includes information on testing, quarantine, absences, and travel information.
Additional Ways to Stay Informed:
It is important and beneficial to look at case trends from national, state, and local levels to fully understand and interpret the current impact of COVID-19.
National - CDC COVID Data Tracker
Do your part to stay up to date on all things COVID-19. The goal of this virtual town hall series is to increase awareness about COVID and how it impacts health and society. The 2021 COVID-19 Town Hall Series is free of charge, and open to the public. Each session features a diverse panel of experts and will focus on different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our communities. You can join us on the final Thursday of each month at 7pm (Zoom, Facebook Live, 97.7 FM) or watch the recording (YouTube, ABC 10 TV). More information is available here on the Health Research Institute website.
As part of their training, graduate students prepare and send out a bi-monthly COVID-19 brief which includes updates on latest case trends, COVID-19 research, and information/misinformation, and promotion of healthy living behaviors during the pandemic. This information is emailed within the department to students, faculty, and staff.
COVID-19 information is critical for helping keep you and friends and family healthy and safe during the pandemic. However, health misinformation leads to confusion and threatens public health. The US Surgeon General has released an advisory statement that tasks community members, educators, and researchers to help build a healthier information environment.
Guidelines for quarantining if you test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed are available on the MTU Flex website. If you have questions about the dates of a quarantine, contact the Western UP Health Department at (906) 482-7382, option 8 (8 am - 4 pm M-F).
Please refer to the MTU Flex website for more information on testing. Testing is available at the locations listed below. You will be responsible for costs related to testing at these sites. Costs may include the cost of the test, administrative fees, and doctor’s visit fees. Your insurance may cover some of these costs.
- UP Health System - Portage Express Care
921 W Sharon Ave, Houghton, MI
No appointment required
- Walgreens COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing
1007 Memorial Rd, Houghton, MI
No appointment required
- Upper Great Lakes Houghton Family Health Center
600 Macinnes Dr, Houghton, MI
- Western Upper Peninsula Health Department
821 Water St, Hancock, MI
Open to public, Monday - Friday, 10 am - 3 pm
If you have tested positive on a home test or a rapid antigen test, confirm your results with a PCR test at the on campus testing site or one of the other testing sites. If you receive a positive test result, you will receive a phone call from the Western UP Health Department. Please answer the call or return the call immediately. You may receive an automated message with instructions. Contact the WUPHD with any questions or concerns at (906) 482-7382, option 8.
Mental Health and Well-Being
Center for Student Mental Health and Well-Being provides students mental health support including individual therapy, drop-in support, support and therapy groups, workshops, programs, events and medical management. Here, you can find out 2021 Fall support groups that focus on different topics like self-improvement, stress and anxiety management and others. Your well-being is important to us, please feel free to utilize available on-campus mental health and well-being services. Additional resources are available from a Michigan.gov Stay Well counselor.
It is important that you stay physically active during the pandemic because regular physical activity offers a great form of medicine to promote good physical and mental health. The department offers a free virtual physical activity program called UP and Moving This program provides live and recorded home-based workouts to help keep adults (students, staff, faculty, community members) in the Upper Peninsula physically active and healthy during the pandemic and beyond. Other physical activity resources available to students include intramurals and the Outdoor Adventure Program.
Isolation / Quarantine Daily Plan - Tips from MTU Center for Health and Wellness to keep yourself balanced when stuck at home.