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TC3 opens semester with 1 positive case

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Tompkins Cortland Community College began the semester this week after testing 275 faculty, staff and students, resulting in just one positive in a student living off-campus.

School officials say the individual was asymptomatic and wouldn’t have known about their infection without the screening. That person is now quarantined in their residence following health department guidance.

All on-campus student-residents have so far tested negative.

Among the changes related to the pandemic, population density at the college has been dramatically reduced with just 38% of classes being held in-person.

A task force has also been formed to provide all services needed should a student need to be quarantined on campus.

“Our goal this semester is to strike the right balance between protecting the safety of our faculty, staff, and students and providing a flexible and high quality learning experience,” said TC3 President Orinthia Montague. “We are thankful to have had the support of our other local higher educational institutions, the SUNY system, the Tompkins County Health Department, and Cayuga Health Systems to ensure a smooth and safe restart to our semester.”

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