Over the weekend, positive cases of COVID-19 at SUNY Cortland once again exceeded the 100-count threshold that requires a continuation of distance learning at the university.
However, SUNY President Erik Bitterbaum said this doesn’t necessarily mean another two weeks.
“Because we are already in study-in-place mode and the vast majority of our community members are complying with the strict containment guidelines it requires, there is no automatic consequence simply for hitting that benchmark,” Bitterbaum said.
State and local health officials will determine when the school can return to in-person classes.
Bitterbaum anticipates to remain in distance learning through at least the end of this week.
“It does not mean a new two-week period will drop into place when this one runs its course on Wednesday, Oct. 21,” he said. “It does not mean, contrary to rumors, that we will send all students home. In fact, the state and local health departments are requiring us to do just the opposite: Keep our students in Cortland to prevent the virus’ spread to their hometowns and potentially vulnerable families.”
As of yesterday, the university reports a total of 482 positives thus far in the semester. More than 100 students are in on-campus quarantine and another 50 are being isolated.
County-wide, there are 160 current positives out of a total of 626 to-date. One person is hospitalized.
Exactly one month ago on September 19, the county had less than 200 total positive case reports.
Fred Pierce from SUNY Cortland administration will address city leaders once again at tomorrow night’s meeting of Cortland Common Council starting at 7 pm.