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UMPI student tests positive for Covid

Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 7:17 PM EST
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -

An UMPI student will be spending Thanksgiving in isolation on campus, after testing positive for Covid-19.

UMPI President Ray Rice says up until now, the university had escaped having a confirmed case. He says an earlier test result turned out to be a false positive. The seventh and final round of testing for the semester was completed earlier this week, with one student testing positive. Rice says the student appears to be in good health but is in quarantine, in accordance with CDC guidelines.

“That individual has to go through the 14-day, you know, isolation process. So that means it likely - unless something else occurs, it likely means that they’ll be in Park Hall, in the dormitory, in isolation. So we’ve already arranged - you know, we have staff members that have already to cook Thanksgiving dinners and basically a dinner every day through the break while the student is there. Sarah Coyer, our Associate Dean, has already provided a variety of activity kits,” says UMPI President Ray Rice.

Contact tracing was done and it was determined the student had minimal interaction with others on campus. One other person has been required to isolate. Rice says he knows how difficult it must be for the student, who was preparing to exit campus for the holiday, to then find out they’re asymptomatic positive. Rice says once the student is out of quarantine, they will be able to return home. Students are expected to leave campus this weekend for the holiday, with the last three weeks of classes done online. Spring semester is slated to begin January 25th.

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