FARGO — The head of North Dakota State University has tested negative for COVID-19.

NDSU President Dean Bresciani took the coronavirus test on Sunday, Sept. 27, university spokeswoman Brynn Rawlings said. He returned to campus Friday, Oct. 2, after a 10-day self-quarantine while working from home.

Bresciani was informed last month that he was exposed to a person off campus who tested positive for the virus, according to a Sept. 21 email to the campus. No other university leadership was exposed at that time, Rawlings said.

NDSU continues to host semi-weekly tests for students, staff and administration at the Shelly Ellig Indoor Track Facility, Bresciani said in a Thursday update to the campus. Last week, 42 of 1,029 people tested positive, putting the positivity rate at 4%, according to the update.

That is up from prior NDSU testing events that produced a positivity rate of 3.66% but down from the Cass County level of 6.2% last week, Bresciani said.

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“It’s not a good sign that our positivity rate went up, and we want to stop that trend,” he said.

Students who get tested can be entered to win a first place drawing of $250, with five other students set to win $100 each, the update said.

“Please get tested, even if you have already had a test and even if you don’t have any symptoms,” Bresciani said.

People can get tested 1-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 4, the update said. Employees have been asked to get tested every other week.

“However, if you are working in an area with significant exposure to others, it would be better to get tested every week," Bresciani told employees in the update.