UMass Chancellor: School Will Remain Safe During Covid Concerns

UMass Amherst Chancellor says the system is ready to meet the needs of students who do not leave the campus as they usually would for vacation.

Kumble Subbaswamy says officials have been meeting for sometime with contingency plans in case the campus had to close down. He says that through it all, the school must be safe on all fronts for students while insuring that that they are able to continue with their studies.

To that end, students that who would normally go home on break and because of travel restrictions will remain on campus will see the campus remain open for their needs.

Right now-- the Chancellor says that everything is running normally at the Amherst facility.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced its first confirmed case of COVID-19 in early February and on Monday, DPH announced its first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 since the FDA approved testing at the State Public Health Laboratory on February 28th, with results being confirmed by the CDC.

DPH announced 719 people who did not show symptoms of COVID-19 have been in self-quarantine in their homes following international travel and/or contact with individuals who have been exposed to the virus, with 470 of those individuals completed monitoring and are no longer quarantined and 249 are currently quarantined. This information will be posted online today.

[Photo Credit: Joshua Qualls/Governor’s Press Office]

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