Late this evening, Jan. 17, Feather River College President Kevin Trutna released the latest number of positive COVID test results as students return to class tomorrow, Jan. 18: 11 students and two employees.
Trutna said that many students returned to the dormitories today, which required a negative test prior to moving in. Eleven students returned positive COVID results before they were scheduled to move in. Any vaccinated student completed an antigen test on campus and a second PCR test mailed out for confirmation. Unvaccinated students also completed an antigen test on campus, in addition to a same-day turnaround PCR test at Plumas District Hospital. These protocols screened students before moving into dormitories.
All but one student with positive results this morning returned to their home without moving into the dormitories. Some were from Plumas County and others were from out of the area. One student was not able to return home due to their household situation, and they are self-isolating in a single quarantine room on campus.
One employee reported a positive test because of testing through other employment.
The other employee experienced symptoms and went to get tested this weekend, with a positive test result. The employee works in the Child Development Center, masked and mostly outside. Parents have been notified, and the contact was not deemed close indoor contact, so the Center will open for those parents who wish to send their children tomorrow to the CDC.
Students who were not allowed to move into the dormitories today were informed to contact their instructors. “We know that our goal was to start the year face-to-face to set the best stage for a successful semester; although some of our students may not be in class this week,” Trutna said.