NMU working to keep students safe during flu, coronavirus outbreaks

Mar 5, 2020

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University administration is keeping an eye on its students during COVID-19 outbreaks overseas. 

In an email sent out Wednesday NMU President Fritz Erickson said two Northern students are studying abroad in South Korea and two are in Italy. Both nations are under a Level 3 Travel Health Notice by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means travelers should avoid all nonessential travel to those areas. Erickson says the school has communicated with those students and has offered to assist them in coming back to the U.S. and their hometowns if wanted or necessary. Officials will also make a decision about upcoming university-sponsored international travel, including the six faculty-led study abroad courses scheduled for this summer, later in the semester.

The administration is asking anyone returning from international travel over spring break to sign into the NMU International Travel Registry before they come back to campus. That will allow the school to communicate quickly with students about any COVID-19 updates from those areas.

Erickson says the NMU Emergency Planning work group has met with the Marquette County Health Department and UPHS-Marquette to develop protocols for both influenza and COVID-19 outbreaks. The group is also developing plans for what to do if either virus becomes prevalent on campus.