CASTINE — As of Wednesday morning, Maine Maritime Academy had reported four individuals (out of 1,400 tested) had tested positive for COVID-19 as part of the college’s fall entry testing.
Three cases are active, according to the MMA website.
On Monday, MMA President William Brennan issued a letter advising the school community that “two students who returned to the area over the weekend from out of state tested positive.”
He said those students were asymptomatic and had limited contact with others on campus. After tracing who the students did have contact with, a total of nine students were placed in isolation for two weeks.
“This is the plan and process that was developed to support our return to classes,” Brennan said. “Our screening testing worked as we had hoped. By catching these asymptomatic cases early, we limit the spread of the virus.”
Entry testing began on June 22. All students are tested when arriving on campus for check-in. Faculty and staff members working on campus are also being tested.
The school’s in-person operations hinge on everyone following safety guidelines, Brennan noted.
“By following those steps including face coverings, distancing, and proper sanitization, we can operate safely. Unfortunately, if these procedures are not followed, you risk exposure to the virus and jeopardize our plans for a successful semester on campus.”