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MPCC urges students use caution over Thanksgiving break

Officials at Mid-Plains Community College are currently monitoring close to 75 students who are...
Officials at Mid-Plains Community College are currently monitoring close to 75 students who are on the quarantine list at two of their campuses; North Platte and McCook.(Beatriz Reyna)
Published: Nov. 23, 2020 at 5:55 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - COVID-19 is spiking across Nebraska and college campuses across the state are not immune. It’s a concern as those students are set to head back to their hometowns this week.

Officials at Mid-Plains Community College are currently monitoring close to 75 students who are on the quarantine list at two of their campuses. Around 50 to 60 students are in North Platte and 10 to 15 are in McCook. However, very few of these cases are positives as the majority are exposures.

While students are not required to get a COVID-19 test before heading home for the Thanksgiving break, officials say it’s more important now than ever to use common sense.

“Really the advise is, the same as it is for everyone, make smart choices,” said MPCC President Ryan Purdy. “The circle you are around make sure you are comfortable with them, wear a mask if you can’t be social distanced, and stay home if you are sick. Because we wear masks in campus, we do screen students for symptoms in their classes, and just advise them if you are not feeling well stay home. They know they can’t be at least six feet in most classes, so they have to keep the mask on, so we are going to continue to monitor that.”

At this time, between 10 to 14 faculty and staff are currently under quarantine in the McCook and North Platte campus. A third have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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