WMU reports 72 new COVID cases Friday

The university has now had 235 infections since students started returning to campus in August.

Western Michigan University on Friday reported 72 new COVID-19 infections during the first three days of last week. The university reports coronavirus data biweekly on its COVID-19 dashboard.

The new cases among students and staff brings the infection total to 235 since students began returning to campus in August.

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So far, university officials have no plan to implement a lockdown or send students home, according to reporting by MLive.

WMU spokesperson Paula Davis said the university plans a targeted approach to shutdowns, focusing on affected areas of the campus rather than the campus as a whole. The university has already halted sports after student athletes tested positive for the virus.

The school’s positivity rate is worrying. As of September 16, 21.3% of all COVID-19 tests conducted on campus were coming back positive.

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