Several Universities Close in Face of Coronavirus Threat, Including UM Campuses


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Ryan Lanxton, Writer

After an emergency meeting by the Board of Regents for the University of Michigan on Wednesday afternoon, President Mark Schlissel announced all three campuses will be closed until Tuesday, April 21

Several other universities across the state have announced they are cancelling face-to-face classes. Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, Michigan Tech and Wayne State have all told students not to return to class or from their spring breaks, effective from Wednesday, March 11 to undetermined lengths of time, many extending into late April.

The state of Michigan has also quickly responded to the outbreak in hopes of containing the virus from spreading further.

On Tuesday, March 10, Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency in response to the report that two new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Oakland and Wayne counties.

By declaring a state of emergency, it allows for the state to take extra precautions that are otherwise unavailable, such as placing restrictions on large public gatherings or transportation.

Currently, one coronavirus victim is being treated by Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor.