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Keuka College temporarily closing after 14 more students test positive for COVID-19

Keuka College temporarily closing after 14 more students test positive for COVID-19 Photo: News10NBC.

WHECTV
Updated: October 16, 2020 04:49 AM
Created: October 15, 2020 03:45 PM

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. (WHEC) — Keuka College is temporarily closing its campus and working to send students home after more students tested positive for COVID-19.

As of noon on Thursday, 14 new positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases on campus above 70.

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The college currently has about 172 students in quarantine, 105 of those being on-campus.

Because new cases are still being reported, they're not sure when the shutdown will be lifted and when students, faculty, and staff can return to campus.

Most of these cases in this cluster can be traced back to an off-campus, non-sanctioned party. 

"I've heard anecdotally students say, 'Well, you know, this wasn't the first party that took place,' but you know maybe some took place earlier in the semester and they got lucky, but as soon as there was an uptick... we're not immune," Keuka College President Amy Storey said. "We're not an island here."

The college is asking students who haven’t been asked to quarantine to make arrangements to return home by the end of the week. 

Students in quarantine will be able to return home once health officials determine they’re no longer infectious.

The college switched to online learning this week after 12 students tested positive for COVID-19 in 24 hours.


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