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NEW YORK (WABC) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday New York State's Department of Health will be issuing regulations to require colleges to notify the state when they have 100 COVID-19 cases and could have to transition to remote learning.
This as colleges around the country are seeing outbreaks. 108 colleges have reported more than 100 cases each.
In New York, SUNY Oneonta, Cornell University, University at Buffalo, Hofstra University, SUNY Oswego, Colgate University, SUNY Fredonia have all seen outbreaks, Cuomo said. Hofstra disputed that characterization saying the university has had a total of 34 positive cases out of a total on-campus population of 9,200 since August 28.
"Governor Cuomo has been clear that COVID can easily spread on college campuses and must be monitored closely -- with 74 confirmed cases among the student body, there is obviously cause for concern at Hofstra and the Department of Health will continue to treat this like what it is: an outbreak that must be watched," a spokesman for Cuomo said in response to Hofstra.
NYU also held large gatherings in Washington Square Park this weekend, with Gov. Cuomo calling out administrators for not doing anything to stop it.
At the height of the coronavirus lockdown, President Donald Trump and his top health advisers trumpeted a new test that would help Americans reclaim their lives - one that would tell them if they already had the virus and were protected from getting it again.
Their arrival would help "get Americans back to work" by showing those who might have "the wonderful, beautiful immunity," said Trump, a point repeated at the daily briefings last April.
Months later, the U.S. is awash in the tests but the bold predictions about their usefulness have yet to materialize.
"There was definitely a lot of wishful thinking that there was going to be a magical test that was going to save us all, but we're not there yet," said Dr. Jennifer Rakeman of New York City's Public Health Laboratory.
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School district suspends student for attending in-person classes on remote day
A high school senior from Long Island was suspended from school on Tuesday for attending in-person classes when he was supposed to be a remote learner.
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College and universities outbreak protocols
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday New York State's Department of Health will be issuing regulations to require colleges to notify the state when they have 100 COVID-19 cases and could have to transition to remote learning. This as colleges around the country are seeing outbreaks. 108 colleges have reported more than 100 cases each. In New York, SUNY Oneonta, Cornell University, University at Buffalo, Hofstra University, SUNY Oswego, Colgate University, SUNY Fredonia have all seen outbreaks. NYU also held large gatherings in Washington Square Park this weekend. Gov. Cuomo called out administrators for not doing anything to stop it. Hofstra disputed that characterization saying the university has had a total of 34 positive cases out of a total on-campus population of 9,200 since August 28. "In every instance, appropriate protocols have been followed, with immediate isolation and quarantine in coordination with the Department of Health," Hofstra said.
COVID report card
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