BANGOR — The University of Maine has a new COVID-19 quarantine policy.
On Monday morning, UMaine President Ferrini-Mundy said students and faculty who come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 are exempt from quarantining if they are fully vaccinated.
Several students shared their experiences through a zoom call Monday morning.
They said this is a huge step for the University of Maine System. This System consists of six universities: The University of Maine (UMaine), the University of Maine at Augusta, the University of Maine at Machias, the University of Maine at Farmington, the University of Maine at Fort Kent, the University of Maine at Presque Isle, and the University of Southern Maine.
Students said everyone so far has been doing a great job at maintaining their social distance and getting vaccinated.
Emily Colby, a student from the University of Southern Maine said, “I run track and field at USM, I was deemed a close contact this past spring and had to be put into quarantine, and while I did get amazing support through USM’s health services and I was really fortunate to have it, it was very isolating and hard not to be able to go to work, go to my in-person classes, and practice with my team.”
The students who shared their stories about their time during the pandemic in regards to quarantine said they hope students will go get vaccinated. President Ferrini-Mundy said the guidelines will remain in place during the spring and summer semesters.
President Ferrini-Mundy also said by fall school will hopefully go back to the way things were before the start of the pandemic.