Maginnis talks with BDN about second round of COVID-19 testing
The Bangor Daily News reported on the University of Maine’s plan to require a second COVID-19 test for some staff and students seven to 10 days after they return to campus as part of a three-phase surveillance strategy recommended by the University of Maine System Scientific Advisory Board. Assistant professor of microbiology Melissa Maginnis, who leads the scientific advisory board, notes that a second screening will facilitate identification of asymptomatic or presymptomatic individuals who could be spreading the virus. “The science tells us that a second round of screening is essential due to [the] incubation period. Retesting our students shortly after arrival provides an additional layer of safety to limit viral transmission at the outset of the semester.” UMaine has developed a COVID-19 Testing Guide for students and an informational video about what students can expect as part of Phase I. WABI (Channel 5) and CentralMaine.com noted that UMaine also plans to test wastewater throughout the semester. Mainebiz’s article focused on the University of Maine System testing and monitoring plan.