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UMPI reports three more cases of Covid

Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 7:00 PM EST
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -

Three more cases of Covid have been reported at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Kathy McCarty has more.

Positive test results for three more UMPI residence hall students were announced late Thursday, according to UMPI President Ray Rice.

“We learned of three additional positives. These are all asymptomatic, so these are all individuals who are not feeling identifiable effects. They were all identified through the testing we did on Monday and Tuesday,” says UMPI President Ray Rice.

Rice believes the delay in getting results was due to the large number of cases currently being reported in the state. Park Hall is serving as the on-campus quarantine facility.

“We have a total of three residence hall students that are isolated due to the positive test results. We have – we have one person that is quarantined at home,” says President Rice.

The four students were all residents of the same dorm. The Maine CDC is looking into the four cases at the university, but has not labeled it an outbreak.

“As of right now, I - we have not opened an outbreak investigation there, but I think we’re gathering some additional facts,” says Dr. Nirav Shah, Director for the Maine CDC

Dr. Shah recommends students who’ve been tested to remain on campus until they’ve received their results.

“Knowing where you stand, with respect to Covid, before you initiate your journey, is - is a good practice. It may not be feasible for each and every student. In which case, the best thing to do is to try to remain in quarantine until you’ve gotten your negative test result, so you don’t potentially affect other family members,” says Dr. Shah.

Rice says a small number of students identified through contact tracing are also isolating at Park Hall. He says a meal train has been established to provide daily meals for those in isolation. For more information on assisting with meals, visit wagmtv.com. Kathy McCarty, NewsSource 8

Anyone interested in helping with the meal train can contact President Raymond Rice by calling 768-9525 or emailing Raymond.rice@maine.edu.

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