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SUNY Campuses Grappling With COVID-19 Spikes

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Jesse King

Colleges across New York state are increasing testing as they grapple with spikes in COVID-19. 

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras says SUNY Cortland will double its wastewater testing for COVID-19 and begin pool testing at least 1,000 students a week in response to an uptick in cases at the college. SUNY Cortland says it has 34 cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday, attributing the spike to off-campus gatherings. Athletics and Greek life activities have been suspended indefinitely.  

SUNY Oswego has also suspended athletics and Greek life, after 141 students tested positive for the virus. The college says 49 live on campus. Continual testing is now mandatory for all on-campus residents and students with in-person classes.

Albany County confirmed 24 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday. County Executive Dan McCoy says 16 of the cases are tied to UAlbany, where 56 students have tested positive for the virus so far — most of them off campus. 

In Oneonta, private Hartwick College says another one of its students tested positive Sunday. However, its overall active caseload has decreased from 11 to eight after some students recovered. SUNY Oneonta, where over 700 students have tested positive for the virus, announced no new cases Sunday. In-person instruction was called off for the entire fall semester there.

Jesse King is the host of WAMC's national program on women's issues, "51%," and the station's bureau chief in the Hudson Valley. She has also produced episodes of the WAMC podcast "A New York Minute In History."
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