AMHERST, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- The University of Massachusetts in Amherst has started releasing the latest COVID-19 testing results following students moving into campus this week.

In all, a total of 3,368 tests were conducted as of August 20th. Of those, there were 3 cumulative positive cases, and 1 new positive case.

To view the UMass Amherst COVID-19 daily Dashboard - Click Here

Students began to move-in at UMass Amherst on Wednesday. For the fall semester, only around 1,100 are being allowed to actually live on-campus due to the pandemic.

These are students who can't conduct their studies remotely; such as labs and studio work. Also, select international students, and others approved by the school.

But moving back on campus has been a process.

[READ MORE: Students begin move-in at UMass Amherst]

Before they even unpacked their bags, students had to report to the Mullins Center 30 minutes ahead of schedule to get a COVID-19 test.

UMass Amherst reports their COVID-19 Dashboard is 'intended to provide a snapshot of cases, positivity rates, and test turnaround times from both symptomatic and asymptomatic testing.'

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ChrisH

Great that they're testing on campus - but this won't account for the number of students moving back to the region so that they can live with friends off-campus and attend classes remotely. I'd like to think that parents were smart enough to advise their kids against moving back unnecessarily and putting Amherst-area folks at risk, but we all know better than that. Landlords and businesses who rely on the annual move-in-day cash-cow will do exactly nothing to discourage the behavior. Locals would do well to stay out of Amherst and Hadley to avoid the spike sure to come along with these selfish students.

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