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UTEP says virus mitigation efforts successful as 3rd week of college semester begins [Video]

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EL PASO, Texas — As the semester enters its third week, University of Texas El Paso officials tout their mitigation efforts to keep the spread of Covid-19 at bay.

Since the week of Aug. 24 there have been 25 positive virus tests from the university's proactive testing program. Another 16 self-reported cases have been announced in that same time frame.

University officials feel confident continuing the semester with limited campus activity, with most of the student population learning form home.

"We have a really good culture, where everyone wears their mask, they social distance and they wash their hands. Our numbers are significantly lower than the rest of the state because we have taken to heart these good practices," said Greg McNicol, the associate vice president for facility management.

He said UTEP took proactive steps to flatten the curve by looking to identify those students who are asymptomatic.

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