Ferrini-Mundy, Maginnis quoted in media reports of expanded COVID-19 testing

The Penobscot Bay Pilot reported that the University of Maine is extending asymptomatic COVID-19 testing through the end of in-person instruction this fall, with plans to sample approximately 2,000 students, staff and faculty members at least every 10 days. “More than 5,000 Black Bears have already committed themselves to being leaders in our science-based public health campaign this fall,” said University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy. “With everyone doing their best, we can stay safe and together throughout the semester.” Melissa Maginnis, assistant professor of microbiology and leader of the University of Maine System Scientific Advisory Board, said “Our team of scientists will use asymptomatic sampling data to build predictive models that assess the prevalence of disease, and inform campus-based containment and health strategies.” UMaine will also conduct wastewater testing with a focus on residence halls. The Bangor Daily NewsPortland Press HeraldMainebiz, Maine Public and WMTW (Channel 8 in Portland) also reported on UMaine plans to expand asymptomatic testing.