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Dartmouth virus data: 3 people in isolation; 1 student positive at home

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 9/3/2020 9:50:48 PM
Modified: 9/3/2020 9:50:39 PM

HANOVER — Two Dartmouth College students and one faculty or staff member are in isolation now as part of COVID-19 precautions, according to a new “dashboard” tracking such cases that the college launched this week on its website.

No tests of 1,454 people in the college community, including 1,249 students, on campus or in the Hanover area have come back positive, according to the tracker, but Dartmouth says people are put in isolation if they have COVID-19 symptoms and are awaiting test results or have tested positive for the virus.

One Dartmouth employee is also in quarantine, which is required for people who don’t have symptoms and haven’t tested positive but had close contact with someone who did. People may also be required to quarantine if they’ve traveled out of state.

The college plans to bring back about 2,300 of its undergraduates next week before the start of classes on Sept. 14, and results of requisite pre-arrival testing are also posted on the dashboard.

So far, 990 undergraduates in the United States who have not yet arrived in Hanover have taken the saliva-based tests, and one has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the dashboard.

They will be required to isolate at home for 10 days, be fever-free and show other signs of improvement before being allowed to travel to Hanover, according to the college.

“We have contacted that student and made recommendations about isolating at home,” Dr. Ann Bracken, director of clinical medical services at the Dartmouth College Health Service, said in a Dartmouth news release. “Once the student completes this isolation, we will welcome them into our community.”

Students who arrive in Hanover will report to a testing area under a large tent at the corner of Rope Ferry Road and Maynard Street, a facility that can test up to 1,800 people a day.

They will then go to their rooms to quarantine, and will be screened again on the third and seventh day of their time on campus.

Dartmouth spokeswoman Diana Lawrence said students “are arriving in staggered groups next Tuesday through Friday. They will all be on campus before next weekend and start of classes on Sept. 14.”

Dartmouth officials say the COVID-19 dashboard results will be updated on Mondays and Thursdays.

Numerous residents and Dartmouth professors have raised concerns about Dartmouth’s plans to reopen its campus to students. The college has said that in addition to its screening and social-distancing requirements, it has set aside more than 550 beds for isolation and quarantine, if required.

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