ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — Even as classes move online and more students begin to travel home for Thanksgiving, coronavirus cases continue to surge at the university.
The university confirmed 12 more coronavirus cases Saturday morning, bringing its active caseload to 92. Additionally, 225 students are quarantined. The university told TAPinto Greater Olean earlier in the week that it had obtained more quarantine spaces both on and off campus, in collaboration with the Cattaraugus County Health Department. Of the university’s 85 on-campus quarantine spaces, 83 are in use. A total of 90 students are isolated (51 off campus, 39 on campus).
The university began the week with less than 15 active COVID-19 cases. Dr. Kevin Watkins, county health director, told TAPinto Greater Olean that it has been difficult for the department to pinpoint a reason for the surge. He speculated that it is due to gatherings, among other factors.
“It could be due to sports teams, their close interactions in high-risk sports,” Watkins said. “Those are just speculations. But the actual cause for why we’re seeing this is still unknown to us, even through our contact tracing.”
The university will begin all-remote learning on Monday,though planned ending in-person learning on Nov. 24 and then moving to virtual learning for the rest of the semester, which officially ends Dec. 10.
Students will be required to turn in their room keys and depart from campus by noon on Sunday.
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