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Two U-M students test positive for Covid-19. According to an August 26 notice from the U-M Environment, Health, and Safety Department, two residents of the West Quad dormitory who also visited the South Quad Dining Hall tested positive for the virus. Both students returned home on August 25 to quarantine. All students scheduled to move into dormitories were provided with a testing kit by the university and were instructed to wait for test results before coming to campus. Michigan Daily. According to the Campus Blueprint Dashboard, which tracks Covid-19 at U-M, there have been 48 positive cases of both students and nonstudents on the Ann Arbor campus in the last 14 days.
Anxious parents weigh back-to-school options. It’s “preparation week” for the Ann Arbor Public Schools, as schools and families gear up for the virtual start of classes on Tuesday. But with any return to the classroom depending on progress controlling the pandemic, some parents are considering creative ways to balance their work schedules with their children’s education this fall. The Observer’s Trilby MacDonald has our story.
Michigan Medicine announces a Phase 3 clinical trial to test a vaccine to prevent Covid-19. Michigan Medicine, in partnership with British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, will recruit hundreds of volunteers for the trial and will follow them for over two years. The trial is one of several being funded through a public/private partnership under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services called Operation Warp Speed. Michigan Medicine.
As part of its transition back to regular service, TheRide introduced a temporary service plan on Sunday, August 30. The plan temporarily suspends 17 fixed-route buses to focus on essential destinations and busy corredors. The FlexRide on-demand service that connects riders to TheRide’s fixed-routes has been expanded in many areas. Routes operate 6 a.m.–9:15 p.m. Monday–Friday, and 7 a.m.–8:15 p.m. Saturday–Sunday.
A crowd of 500 gathered on the Diag Saturday to hear black athletes talk about their experiences and the need to end racism in America. Speeches U-M and EMU athletes as well as sheriff Jerry Clayton were followed by a march through several downtown blocks. MLive.
Until recently, people released from Michigan’s prisons had about a 50/50 chance of being convicted of a new crime or committing a major parole violation within three years. Fortunately, both incarceration and recidivism rates are now declining thanks to MDOC and volunteer initiatives to help returning citizens become self-sufficient. Nonprofits such as A Brighter Way that provide mentorships, and local businesses such as Zingerman’s that provide jobs, help former prisoners build stable lives. The Observer’s Larry Eller has our story.