DANVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — After a slight uptick in positive COVID-19 cases on Centre College's campus, the administration tested the entire student population.
For the first month of the semester, Centre College tested 50% of the campus population per week. Since, the college has been routinely testing 25% per week. As a part of this week's testing, seven students tested positive for COVID-19.
"Fortunately, that appears that it was a fairly isolated group. We did test the rest of the students out of an abundance of caution," President Milton Moreland said.
Centre College President Milton Moreland said the seven positive tests, out of 180, came back on Tuesday. President Moreland said out of an abundance of caution, the rest of the students were tested. After contact tracing, about 100 students were placed in quarantine or isolation.
"About half of the students did go home to quarantine. Those that are positive are all housed on campus," President Moreland said.
President Moreland says the college administration knows they won't be able to stop COVID-19 from coming to campus, but their focus is to stop it from spreading.
"We are going to keep a little higher pace and probably return to 50% of our students being tested every week. For 8 weeks now, we've only had 20 positive cases, amongst the entire student body," President Moreland said.
Students continue to take classes outside and are required to wear masks on campus.