The number of confirmed coronavirus cases since the fall semester began at SUNY Oswego has climbed to 223, with more than half of those discovered in the past week, according to state data.
Since Sept. 12, the school has confirmed 127 cases, according to the school’s website, which was updated late Saturday afternoon.
The outbreak has prompted the school to switch temporarily to online learning, to halt in-person dining on campus and to suspend all fall sports and extracurricular activities.
Students remain on campus. That, health experts say, is better than sending them home, where they may inadvertently continue to spread the virus.
The State University of New York system is requiring that schools with 100 or more cases during two-week periods switch to online learning. Those 100 cases must include students who come to or live on campus.
As of this weekend, SUNY Oswego has passed that 100-case threshold. As of Saturday, the school reported 110 cases in that two-week window, which runs from Sept. 12 to Sept. 25.
One of those cases involves an employee, according to the school. The rest involve students.
Currently, the school has 126 active cases, according to data updated Saturday afternoon. Ninety-seven people have recovered, according to the school.
As of Saturday, the school has conducted nearly 7,000 tests on campus.
SUNY Oneonta reported four new confirmed cases on Saturday, bringing that school’s caseload number up to 680 since the semester began. That outbreak forced the Otsego County school to switch to remote learning for the rest of the semester.
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