Regional School Unit 71 Superintendent Mary Alice McLean announced that a presumptive positive case of COVID-19 at Troy Howard Middle School tested negative the morning of Thursday, Oct. 22.

This means there are currently no coronavirus case at Troy Howard, she wrote in an email. Affected students and faculty will be able to return to school Friday. She encouraged people to continue to take precautions against the coronavirus.

"Please continue to do the things that are making a difference in the mitigation of COVID-19: wear a mask, maintain 6-foot distancing, wash your hands frequently, stay home if you are not feeling well, and get outdoors as often as possible," she said.

Last Friday, Oct. 16, she announced the district's first confirmed case of COVID-19 at Capt. Albert W. Stevens School. Since then, she confirmed a positive case at Ames Elementary School, and one at Troy Howard, as well as a presumptive positive at CASS, which also came back negative, in addition to the confirmed case.

All of the cases in RSU 71 schools have been linked to an outbreak at Brooks Pentecostal Church, which, according to the Maine Center for Disease Prevention and Control, now includes 46 people.