"Presumed positive" COVID-19 case at the University Center

TRAVERSE CITY — Late yesterday we learned an employee is a “presumed positive” case of COVID-19, according to the Grand Traverse County Health Department. The employee was at the University Center campus on 8-24-20. The GTCHD believes the risk of widespread exposure is low from this case.

The employee was alerted on 9-8-20 by the GTCHD of possible exposure to a person with COVID-19. Because the employee had symptoms consistent with COVID-19 since 9-1-20, the GTCHD has classified this individual as “presumed positive.” The employee was not on campus while symptomatic and has been required to quarantine until 9-11-20.

The GTCHD classifies someone as “presumed positive" if the person meets symptom criteria and was exposed to another positive case, but is lacking the definitive lab result. In this situation that person is counted as a “probable” case. The GTCHD treats a probable case the same as a confirmed case, including detailed contact tracing.

The GTCHD is conducting contact tracing with any individuals who might be at risk of exposure and encourages anyone who was in that area during that time to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days following the potential exposure.

The College will continue to work with the GTCHD to monitor the spread. We will continue to communicate with you about cases on campus. You can also check the Cases on Campus Dashboard for additional information.

Any student who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact NMC’s Health Services at (231) 995-1255. Any employee who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact Human Resources. We encourage all students and employees to stay home if you are sick or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Staying safe and limiting the spread of COVID-19 on NMC’s campuses is a shared responsibility. For more information on NMC’s response to the pandemic and important safety information please visit nmc.edu/covid-19. Thank you for your continued commitment to safety at NMC.


Release date: September 9, 2020

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
(231) 995-1019


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