ISU virus tests find 2.2% of returning students positive
AMES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa State University program to administer coronavirus tests as students move back to campus has found 66 testing positive, the university said in a statement Friday.
That’s about 2.2% of the 3,037 students that have moved in to residence halls and campus apartments and taken tests.
About half of the students testing positive chose to return home to complete isolation, said Kristen Obbink, the university’s COVID-19 public health coordinator.
The university has isolation rooms set up for positive cases and quarantine rooms for those who are notified of exposure through contact tracing.
The tests are one part of the university’s coronavirus mitigation plan.
The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is processing the COVID-19 tests and providing results within 24 hours.