Syracuse College places lid on two off-campus coronavirus outbreaks – msnNOW

Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse University says it has taken aggressive steps to contain two off-campus coronavirus clusters detected last week.

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Orange Crate Brewing Co. on the SU Hill.

The school has tested more than 3,000 students in the last few days and investigated more than 150 people who may have been exposed to the virus at a fraternity party and a large gathering at the Orange Crate Brewing Co. on South Crouse Avenue. The two events resulted in a spike of at least 21 positive cases.


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“Right now, we are cautiously optimistic that these clusters have been successfully contained, mitigating the potential for additional community spread,” Mike Haynie, an SU vice chancellor, said in a message today to students, faculty and staff.

While SU is seeing a decline in cases related to those two events, it is seeing a modest increase in student and employee cases that coincide with the steady spread of coronavirus in Onondaga County and Central New York, Haynie said.

Haynie urged students to get tested regularly, wear masks and not host or attend parties.

SU reported two new student cases today. It has 40 active cases and 188 students in quarantine. SU has reported 227 cases since the semester began in August.

James T. Mulder covers health and higher education. Have a news tip? Contact him at (315) 470-2245 or


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