During his Wednesday press briefing, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced expanded opportunities for coronavirus testing for all New Yorkers. 

Cuomo’s announcement comes less than 24 hours after St. Bonaventure University President Dr. Dennis DePerro issued initial reopening plans for the university's fall semester, which include a requirement that all students be tested for COVID-19 within 14 days of their anticipated returns to campus. Students must post test results to a my.sbu portal; only those with negative results will be allowed to return. 

The semester will begin Aug. 24; students will move into residence halls on a staggered schedule from Aug. 21 to 23. 

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Almost 80% of SBU students come from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. All three states are expanding their testing capacities. 

Up to this point, New York State prioritized COVID-19 testing for the following individuals and circumstances: 

  • An individual is symptomatic or has a history of symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough, and/or trouble breathing), particularly if the individual is 70 years of age or older, the individual has a compromised immune system, or the individual has an underlying health condition. 

  • An individual has had close (i.e. within six feet) or proximate contact with a person known to be positive with COVID-19; or

  • An individual is subject to a precautionary or mandatory quarantine; or

  • An individual is employed as a health care worker, first responder, or other essential worker who directly interacts with the public while working; or

  • An individual presents with a case where the facts and circumstances – as determined by the treating clinician in consultation with state or local department of health officials – warrant testing; or

  • An individual is included under other criteria set by the NYS Dept. of Health based on an individual's geographic place of residence, occupation, or other factors that the Department may deem relevant for COVID-19 testing purposes; or

  • Any individual who would return to workplace in Phase 1; or

  • Any individual who attended any of the recent protests across the state.

On Tuesday, New York state conducted 56,710 tests; 625 (1.1%) came back positive. In total, New York has administered  3,971,648 tests since March, the most out of any state. 

For more information on the Coronavirus in the Greater Olean area, visit  TAPinto Greater Olean's Coronavirus Updates page, which is updated continuously.

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