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MTU announces two positive COVID cases

HOUGHTON — Two members of the Michigan Technological University community tested positive for COVID-19 last week, the university announced Monday.

The two cases appear to be unrelated, the university said. They are the first positives for Michigan Tech. As of Monday, 90 other tests have come back negative.

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is conducting contact tracing on the cases. Anyone who was in close contact with the infected people will be notified and must quarantine for 14 days.

To protect confidentiality, Michigan Tech is not releasing any identifying details about the two people.

Tech is announcing confirmed COVID-19 cases through its COVID-19 Testing Statistics website at mtu.edu/flex/testing-statistics. The page will be updated 6 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Employees and students who have taken a test are asked to report the results to the university online.

Tech is in the second phase of its three-step plan to return to campus for the fall. Goals outlined for that step include operating campus services between 25% of 50% capacity, allowing no more than 50 people in a shared space, requiring face coverings indoors, maintaining social distancing and expanding testing to include asymptomatic people.

The university had no additional comment Monday.

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