Updated: November 15, 2020 04:37 PM
Created: November 09, 2020 10:59 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester Institute of Technology continues to be in its COVID-19 orange alert level, the university changed from yellow to orange last week.
Today’s RIT COVID-19 alert level is Orange. The prevalence of virus on campus & in Monroe County is at its highest level to date. In the final days of the semester we have entered our toughest stretch so far. We all must follow established guidelines for safety. /1— RIT (@RITtigers) November 14, 2020
The school's dashboard shows 30 students and 5 employees tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days. 60 people on campus and 72 off campus are in quarantine. 12 people on campus and 15 people off campus are in isolation.
School officials are implementing several protocols including the following:
School officials say they are moving "several" students from a residence hall into quarantine to curb the spread. This cluster was identified through wastewater sampling and subsequent surveillance testing, according to school officials.
"The new Orange mitigation strategies are designed to counter the spread," a statement on RIT's website read. "We are not shifting learning to fully online because we have seen no evidence of virus transmission in a classroom setting. The Monroe County Health Commissioner agrees with this assessment and he has confirmed similar findings in other academic settings. We are also not asking staff to shift to remote operations, as we have not seen transmission occurring within our employee work places. Rather, we have seen viral transmission occurring in social settings, between small groups of people, when masks have been removed."
Since Aug. 19, the first day of classes, a total of 51 students and 7 employees have tested positive for the coronavirus. The alert level was raised from green to yellow in October.
Click here to read RIT's full statement on raising their alert level.
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