COLCHESTER — There is now one positive case of COVID-19 at Saint Michael's College. Of the 578 students who were tested earlier this week, one received a positive result.
The Vermont Department of Health is currently conducting contact tracing and reaching out to individuals who should quarantine or be tested as a result of contact with the individual, according to a Sept. 24 email from President Lorraine Sterritt to students and staff.
"We have strict protocols in place to identify and isolate any positive cases and contacts," she stated. "Our careful planning for this eventuality together with everyone’s continued adherence to our health guidelines can allow us to continue with our important academic work."
In accordance with Vermont Department of Health guidelines, Sterritt stated in the email that St. Mike's plans to isolate the positive case, provide meals as necessary and to facilitate coursework remotely for the student until he or she is safe to reengage with the community.
Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic, are typically allowed out of quarantine 10 days from the date of a positive result. Those with symptoms must spend at least 10 days in quarantine and go 24 hours without a fever before being tested again for the virus.
This is St. Mike's first positive result since the college started testing about five weeks ago. In total, St. Mike's has conducted 2,529 results since Aug. 15.
Other area colleges and universities have already seen positive results for COVID-19. As of Sept. 16, the University of Vermont has seen 19 cumulative cases. Since it began testing Aug. 17, Champlain College has seen two cases.
"Thank you all for your efforts to avoid this virus," Sterritt stated in her email. "I have seen so many of you taking full responsibility for your own actions. It is encouraging and inspiring to see. We can do this. We must stay strong and keep up our vigilance at all times."
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates as more information becomes available.