Bates College in Maine Lifts 12-Day COVID Lockdown

Bates College lifted a 14-day lockdown that started April 1 due to 34 reported cases of COVID-19 among its student body.

The lockdown at Bates, originally meant to last a few days, was extended by additional week after reports surfaced of three separate, maskless parties on campus. According to the college’s vice president for campus life, contact tracing indicated most of the new cases were linked to the parties.

Over 30 students are still isolating in quarantine but should be cleared today. Meanwhile, over 45 percent of Maine’s population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination.

There are only six weeks left in the semester at Bates.

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