Campus Response Metrics and Mitigation Strategies
The Public Health Infection Prevention and Response Advisory Committee (PHIPRAC) is responsible for monitoring the COVID-19 situation at the University of Michigan. Included in the table below is a description of the data points that the PHIPRAC members review at least weekly, and corresponding response metrics that serve as thresholds that when crossed trigger additional investigation and a leadership review. These investigations may lead to recommendations for additional public health mitigation activities for targeted groups or across an entire campus.
|Data Points for Monitoring
|Corresponding Response Metric
|Case Counts: Campus cases, including students and nonstudents
|Doubling of case counts within 7 days in student, staff, and/or faculty, determined in partnership with the Washtenaw County Health Department.
|Symptomatic Percent Positivity: Percent positivity at UHS
|Percent positivity greater than or equal to 25% among symptomatic individuals testing through UHS.
|Evidence of transmission of a new variant of public health concern: Variant identified in regional genomic surveillance that requires reconsideration of public health measures
|This is a monitoring item with no specific threshold identified. Data are monitored through CDC Nowcast.
|Vaccination coverage: Percent vaccinated in MHousing
|This is a monitoring item with no specific threshold identified.
|Wastewater monitoring: Patterns in wastewater levels of SARS-CoV2 will be monitored in the broader community (from wastewater treatment plants) and will be monitored for some campus-related buildings and neighborhood areas
|Community level wastewater (treatment plant) in 4 – Substantial This level has been calibrated to correspond to heightened community levels in 2021-2022. Increased concern if 4 – Substantial level persists for >5 consecutive days. Increasing trend in community level or building level wastewater for 7 days. Monitored as a weekly trend.
|UHS Clinical Severity Index: UHS patients with COVID-19 are assigned a score based on clinical presentation
|More than one patient with a score of 4 or higher in a single week; 1=Asymptomatic; 2=Mild symptoms; 3=Moderate symptoms; 4=Severe symptoms; 5=Critical symptoms
|Michigan Medicine ICU Bed Occupancy for Patients with COVID-19
|This is a monitoring item in collaboration with Michigan Medicine with no specific threshold identified.