BROCKPORT, N.Y. (WROC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has recalled SUNY and CUNY students who are in five countries affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus.
Upon the students’ return, they will be put into a dormitory building for quarantine.
SUNY Brockport has been floated as a possible place to host the quarantined students.
At a press conference regarding Rochester’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said SUNY Brockport is one of three locations being considered for students returning to be quarantined, although no final decision has been made at this point.
Bello added that if SUNY Brockport is selected, the school would only host students who had been tested, and aren’t showing any signs of infection.
Monroe County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza echoed those sentiments earlier this week.
“That situation is evolving very rapidly, we’ve been in touch with SUNY leadership,” said Dr. Mendoza at a press conference Wednesday. “There is a dormitory on campus at SUNY Brockport that has been labeled and identified as a potential location, but a lot of those details are still coming out.”
Additionally, SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson said no location for quarantined students has been made during a visit to SUNY Brockport Thursday.
To reiterate, no final determinations have been made and SUNY Brockport is considered a possible hosting location for the students to be quarantined.
SUNY Brockport President Heidi Macpherson says if the campus is selected to host, the school will be ready. In a letter the campus community, Macpherson wrote:
“Preparations are currently being made to potentially house these students in Gordon Hall and, if our campus is selected, they could arrive as early as next week.”
The letter continued:
“The Brockport campus can potentially accommodate up to 95 students. A team of individuals from across campus are working diligently to ensure that any students who might arrive are safely undergoing precautionary quarantine, will continue to receive academic support, and that they experience minimal personal discomfort through the course of the 14 days.
We recognize that many of you will have questions. Please understand that this is a work in progress. Many talented, hard-working people on campus, at SUNY system administration, and in state and local government are working on identifying solutions, which we will communicate as appropriate. We will make this process as transparent and informative as possible.”
Macpherson’s letter also said affected students may have the choice of entering a voluntary quarantine in their homes.
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