Party linked to 3 cases of coronavirus at University of New England, school says

Nearly two dozen students at the University of New England could face reprimand for attending an off-campus party that resulted in the spread of coronavirus.Three students have tested positive for the virus, and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said it has launched an epidemiological investigation into the cases in conjunction with the school.UNE Dean of Students Jen DeBurrow said no one at the party was wearing a mask or social distancing.”We had about 17 students who came together, initially, to watch a basketball game,” DeBurrow said.One student tested positive two days later, and a second who tested positive was at the same party.DeBurrow said a third student who tested positive was not at the party but had contact with one of the other two students.”Unfortunately, the students who have tested positive actually came to campus with their initial negative test and have since tested positive,” DeBurrow said.Twenty-two students are now under quarantine, off campus.”Our priority with those individuals, right now, is to make sure that we know from them exactly who they’ve had contact with so we can fully wrap our arms around the situation and understand what we’re dealing with,” DeBurrow said.School officials reiterated the need for all students to remain vigilant and follow health guidelines.”Seventeen students in a large space, probably not as problematic as 17 students who might come together in very close quarters who aren’t masked and following distancing guidelines,” DeBurrow said.DeBurrow is pushing for a culture of compliance so students can continue their studies on campus instead of online.”Continue to mask and keep distance and practice good hygiene because if we don’t, we could lose our chance at an in-person semester,” DeBurrow said.The school’s president said students who violated any policies will face a conduct review which could lead to severe punishments, including expulsion.

Nearly two dozen students at the University of New England could face reprimand for attending an off-campus party that resulted in the spread of coronavirus.

Three students have tested positive for the virus, and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said it has launched an epidemiological investigation into the cases in conjunction with the school.

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UNE Dean of Students Jen DeBurrow said no one at the party was wearing a mask or social distancing.

“We had about 17 students who came together, initially, to watch a basketball game,” DeBurrow said.

One student tested positive two days later, and a second who tested positive was at the same party.

DeBurrow said a third student who tested positive was not at the party but had contact with one of the other two students.

“Unfortunately, the students who have tested positive actually came to campus with their initial negative test and have since tested positive,” DeBurrow said.

Twenty-two students are now under quarantine, off campus.

“Our priority with those individuals, right now, is to make sure that we know from them exactly who they’ve had contact with so we can fully wrap our arms around the situation and understand what we’re dealing with,” DeBurrow said.

School officials reiterated the need for all students to remain vigilant and follow health guidelines.

“Seventeen students in a large space, probably not as problematic as 17 students who might come together in very close quarters who aren’t masked and following distancing guidelines,” DeBurrow said.

DeBurrow is pushing for a culture of compliance so students can continue their studies on campus instead of online.

“Continue to mask and keep distance and practice good hygiene because if we don’t, we could lose our chance at an in-person semester,” DeBurrow said.

The school’s president said students who violated any policies will face a conduct review which could lead to severe punishments, including expulsion.