Possible COVID-19 exposure on main campus Aug. 24, 25

TRAVERSE CITY — Yesterday a student tested positive for COVID-19 who had recently been on main campus. The Grand Traverse County Health Department believes the risk of widespread exposure is low from this case.

The student was asymptomatic and attended a lab class on 8-24-20 from 2:25 p.m. - 5:25 p.m. in Health Science on main campus. The student also visited the library in the West Hall Innovation Center to pick up books on 8-25-20 at 5 p.m. On 8-29-20 the student was encouraged by the GTCHD to quarantine and get tested after exposure to a COVID positive person on 8-22-20. The student tested positive on 9-1-20 and remains in quarantine.

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. NMC cleans and sanitizes labs nightly.

In addition to campuswide NMC safety protocols that include mandatory masks, social distancing, cleaning of the space before and after each class, the lab had additional safety measures that included wearing face shields.

This is the second reported case of COVID-19 on NMC’s campuses. The first occurred on July 15 with minimal risk of 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 2, 2020

For more information:

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


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