Decisions to cancel classes at colleges and universities, or to move courses online, should be based on the individual conditions of each institution and its location, Rep. Tom Reed said Thursday during a media call about the Coronavirus.

“It’s tough to imagine that a one-size-fits-all type of action is appropriate,” Reed, who represents the Greater Olean area, said. “It needs to be recognized that a college in Western New York is different from a college located within the urban city setting of New York City.”

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All state colleges and universities in New York State will switch to online courses on March 19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. Private colleges and universities are not subject to the state policy. St. Bonaventure University still is conducting face-to-face classes.

“I would encourage elected officials to take those unique circumstances into consideration as they make the determination on cancellations and removal of folks from their presence,” Reed said.

Reed said protecting the health of the elderly, who are most susceptible to COVID-19, is extremely important.

“It is legitimate and a serious concern that I see that we need to deal with on the public health side, making sure that the population that is most susceptible to this virus, the elderly, is the most sensitive,” he said. “And that we pay a little closer attention to them.”

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