SUNY Albany reports ‘very concerning’ coronavirus outbreak

SUNY Albany reports ‘very concerning’ coronavirus outbreak


The president of the State University at Albany reported a “very concerning” spike in coronavirus cases among students and warned that in-person classes and other on-campus activities could be suspended for the rest of the fall semester if the outbreak “is not addressed immediately.”

“The actions we take over the next few days will determine the course of the rest of our semester,” president Havid Rodriguez said in a notice sent to students Thursday night.

The Albany County Health Department informed the university of 40 confirmed COVID-19 cases among students since the start of the semester — 31 of which were reported within the past 24 hours.

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“Clusters have been identified within Athletics and in off-campus student housing in the Pine Hills neighborhood, but are not isolated to these students,” Rodriguez said.

Not addressing the outbreak immediately “could result in suspending all in-person activities, including teaching, on our campuses,” Rodriguez said in the e-message co-signed by Michael Christakis, the

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