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COVID-19 Outbreak Reported at University of the Nations Kona

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KAILUA-KONA — A coronavirus outbreak at the University of the Nations Kona has been reported by university officials, forcing the campus to close to the public.

University spokesperson Johnny Gillespie told West Hawaii Today last Friday that there have been 20 recent positive coronavirus tests on campus.

The university identified the results through a testing program for students and staff who are preparing to travel out of the country. Students and employees affiliated with the university are required to test negative for the coronavirus before leaving.

Gillespie said 64 people identified by contact tracing have been placed in precautionary quarantine, adding that all 20 of the positive cases were asymptomatic.

The university has returned to online instruction and reinstated remote staff meetings, West Hawaii Today reported.

In October, about 52 people affiliated with the school also tested positive for the coronavirus, which prompted campus-wide testing of more than 950 staffers and students.

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