MARQUETTE, MI-- Northern Michigan University started the first of 14 weekly mass COVID screenings this week.
Officials will test hundreds each week, rotating residence hall students with off-campus students, faculty and staff. The state has asked Michigan colleges and universities to test students regularly to help monitor changes in COVID-19 trends.
The mass screenings are in addition to the first test at the beginning of the semester. NMU President Fritz Erickson says results from that event indicate a positivity rate well below 1 percent.
Students who didn’t test earlier this month or take an off-campus test will lose access to the NMU Network Wednesday.
Erickson says at this point, university officials are optimistically planning for a full in-person fall semester.