The Colby College campus is seen in this Feb. 8, 2019, file photo. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik

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A member of Colby College’s athletics department has tested positive for the new coronavirus, administrators said Thursday.

That marks the first confirmed case at the school’s Waterville campus, Karlene Burrell-McRae, dean of the college, Margaret McFadden, provost and dean of faculty, and Douglas Terp, vice president for administration and chief financial officer, said in a notice to the campus community.

The individual, who was not identified, has been isolated at home, and Colby is contacting those who may have come in contact with the staffer and asking them to quarantine themselves, the administrators said.

They asked that the individual’s privacy be respected at this time.

Health officials have reported there are 56 confirmed and likely cases of the coronavirus, known as COVID-19, in at least seven counties across the state. In Kennebec County, where the college is located, there are four confirmed cases, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Other cases have been confirmed at Bates College in Lewiston and the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

“We understand that having a positive case within our community could add to stress and anxiety,” the administrators said. They added that class deans in the Dean of Studies Office are available to students, and that students who remain on campus can access mental health support through Counseling Services. The college’s human resources department is offering resources for employees.

“These are trying times, and yet amidst the challenges, we are inspired by the fortitude of our remarkable community,” the administrators said.