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SUNY Oneonta To Close For Two Weeks As COVID Spreads

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After 105 students at SUNY Oneonta tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, the campus will closed for in-person learning for two weeks.

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras said disciplinary actions will be taken against students and groups who violate safety rules to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  

“Five students at Oneonta have been suspended for holding parties against the college policy. Three campus organizations have been suspended. And that goes along – we’re going to be tough on those students not because we want to ruin their fun, but this is a different time," said Malatras.

43 students at SUNY Plattsburgh were recently suspended for violating rules against social gatherings.

New York State is establishing three rapid-results coronavirus testing facilities in Oneonta for area residents. A hotline will be announced Monday with testing set to begin Wednesday.


Lucas Willard is a news reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011. He produces and hosts The Best of Our Knowledge and WAMC Listening Party.
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