Updated: October 09, 2020 06:15 PM
Created: October 09, 2020 01:16 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Nazareth College is monitoring an “emerging cluster” of COVID-19 cases following 19 positive cases within the last two days related to one off-campus event.
Sixty people with whom they had been in close contact with during their infectious days are now in quarantine, Nazareth College President Beth Paul said in a statement. There are also two unrelated cases, bringing the total to 21 positive COVID-19 cases.
Affected individuals are being regularly monitored and supported, and all are experiencing mild or no symptoms, Paul said.
According to college officials, the "upsurge" in cases is related to an off-campus event last weekend where some health and safety precautions were taken, but included sharing a meal without masks within six feet of each other. College officials are investigating the event, and violations of the codes of conduct and ethics are subject to disciplinary action.
"For all of us, this is upsetting and sobering," Paul said. "COVID-19 requires constant vigilance and adherence to health and safety guidelines because of the virus’ ability to spread quickly. Science has shown that wearing face coverings is effective in reducing the spread of the virus."
Effective for the next two weeks starting Friday, the college is implementing the following protocols:
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