Eastern Michigan University response to Oct. 20, 2020 Washtenaw County Health Department Order

Eastern Michigan University’s multi-layered efforts to safeguard the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff this fall semester remain robust and ongoing, and so far have resulted in a relatively low number of positive cases as illustrated from the data on the University’s COVID-19 dashboard

The Washtenaw County order makes it clear that the area in which the majority of cases have occurred has been identified and it is not on or near the Eastern Michigan University campus. The order from the County therefore does not apply to Eastern’s campus.

We continue to have excellent compliance with the wearing of face coverings, physical distancing, our daily health screening process, COVID-19 testing and contact tracing. These efforts have been designed and implemented in cooperation with the Washtenaw County Health Department and state and local health guidance.

We greatly appreciate the level of engagement and support from our students, faculty and staff to the University’s #EMUSafe efforts. These are unprecedented times and their flexibility, creativity and willingness to adapt as our knowledge of the virus has grown and our plans evolve continue to be key in our overall campus response to the pandemic.

The University continues to closely monitor the situation, including the Safe Return to Campus Plan metrics that help guide our Campus Operation Levels and Decision-Making. The University remains ready to react appropriately to any changing circumstances regarding the spread of COVID-19. 


October 21, 2020

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Official Statements

Media Contact:
Geoff Larcom