SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced the resumption of in-person classes at Tompkins Cortland Community College, following a successful two-week pause that began when six new cases were reported in one week.
Officials said the break prevented at least one student from attending classes who later tested positive for the virus.
“Our plan was to be proactive in identifying cases in our campus community,” said TC3 President Dr. Orinthia Montague. “We were able to find a small number of asymptomatic cases, which allowed us to work with the county health department to isolate those students and stop the spread.”
Montague says testing is being done in partnership with Cayuga Health System.
Additional screenings will be conducted on campus today and continue expanding as the semester rolls on.
“TC3 prevented a major outbreak in cases with swift and prudent action—and can now resume in-person learning this week,” said Malatras. “It’s proof that if we monitor cases closely, respond with proactive, urgent action, and achieve campus-wide compliance with safety protocols, we can control this virus.”