Syracuse University says off-campus party to blame for cluster of 13 new Covid-19 cases


Syracuse University reported 13 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, saying the cluster appears to have started after off-campus parties late last week. The new cases can be traced “directly or indirectly to this event,” according to a statement.

“Our initial investigation suggests that this emerging cluster is the result of one or more students returning to campus after traveling outside Central New York to visit another college late last week,” wrote Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation J. Michael Haynie. “We are working closely with the Onondaga County Health Department to quickly identify and isolate all those potentially impacted and at risk because of this unfortunate series of events.”

The overall number of positive Covid-19 cases is now 25, according to Syracuse’s online Covid-19 dashboard, meaning this cluster accounts for more than half of positive cases for the whole university.

“The overwhelmingly positive and selfless behavior, exhibited by the vast majority of our students to this point in the semester, makes our current situation all the more disappointing,” wrote Haynie.

The university is asking any students who attended last weekend’s gathering to shelter in place and not attend classes.



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