Mass. Health Officials Working On Reporting Plan For College Covid Cases

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — As colleges in Massachusetts welcome back students, the state is working on a plan for how universities will report potential coronavirus cases.

The fall semester at Boston College begins on Monday. Associate Vice President of University Communications Jack Dunn said more than 1,300 students have been tested so far.

“That information is shared with the Mass. Department of Public Health,” Dunn said. “And we have had one student who tested positive. That student was immediately placed in isolation and will remain in isolation for 10 days with meals provided to the student in an off-campus location.”

As the school reopens, Boston College said in a statement that the “health, safety, and well-being of our campus community is of paramount concern and guides all of our decision-making processes.”

The school also said that “given the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, our plans remain flexible.”

The state is offering several operational plans for colleges. This includes schools handling contact tracing primarily on their own, the local health or the Community Tracing Collaborative taking primary responsible, or a hybrid method.

"Under all scenarios, schools will be responsible for providing support for residential students during their isolation or quarantine period," the Executive Office of Health and Human Services said in a statement.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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