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SUNY Upstate rolls out coronavirus testing to Oneonta campus after 20 cases discovered

The New York University System will test every SUNY Oneonta student for three days after at least 20 coronavirus cases have been confirmed at the Otsego County campus, according to Chancellor Jim Malatras.

Staff and supplies from Upstate Medical University were deployed Friday to respond to the outbreak. On the same day, Malatras and the school confirmed that around 20 students had tested positive for Covid-19.

“We must immediately ramp up testing at SUNY Oneonta, which is why I am dispatching personnel and resources to quickly identify any additional positive cases and quickly isolate those with coronavirus,” Malatras said in a statement.

The school is investigating reports of social gatherings that may have contributed to the transmissions. Already, the college has placed a sorority on temporary suspension after it was accused of hosting an event that violated the school’s Greek code of conduct, officials said in a news release.

WAMC reported that the number of confirmed cases was nearly 30.

SUNY Upstate will help administer the group tests. This approach combines the saliva of 10 to 25 people. Staff then test this combination as a single sample. If the result is positive, then everyone in the batch is tested.

SUNY Oneonta started classes on Monday, as did Syracuse University.

Overall, most Central New York campuses are off to a good start when it comes to containing the virus. SU has reported 33 coronavirus cases since the beginning of August and currently has 10 active cases on campus.

Oneonta’s enrollment is approximately 6,500. SU typically has over 20,000 students.

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