Cases begin to spike at SUNY Cortland

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SUNY Cortland has suspended all athletic activities for at least a week and prohibited three Greek organizations from hosting in-person events for at least 14 days.

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The new restrictions follow an uptick this week of positive COVID-19 cases from six to 22.

Sports will be re-evaluated after the seven-day pause, a collaborative decision university officials and the Cortland County Health Department.

Details were shared in a memo sent yesterday to members of the campus community, which read in part:

“Although the vast majority of students are asymptomatic, this uptick in cases is cause for real concern, given the rapid growth in caseloads we’ve seen on other campuses, most notably SUNY Oneonta, which has recorded 700 positive cases.”

Competitions at SUNY Cortland were already canceled due to the pandemic, but sports teams could hold practice and other activities with guidelines in place prior to the newest restrictions.

Tompkins Cortland Community College has reported just two positive cases so far this semester, neither of which are currently active.

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