3 new COVID-19 cases prompt UMPI to transition to remote learning

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The University of Maine at Presque Isle is transitioning to remote learning earlier than planned due to three new COVID-19 cases connected to a residence hall student who tested positive on Wednesday.

All four students, who live in UMPI’s residence halls, are part of UMPI’s asymptomatic testing program and have entered the mandatory two-week quarantine on campus. The university is working with the Maine CDC to identify others who were possibly exposed to the virus and is advising students who live off campus to remain isolated until they receive test results.

As a precaution, UMPI has moved all Friday classes online. The decision comes days before the campus’ annual Thanksgiving break, after which all students will finish the semester remotely, as originally planned. Other offices and services will remain open for the day.

The new cases also come days after UMPI’s first positive test result was confirmed to be a false positive.

In a statement sent to the campus community on Friday, UMPI president Ray Rice said that he will continue to provide updates on confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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