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RIT reports 63 positive coronavirus cases on more than 14,500 tests as classes begin resume


HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WROC) — Rochester Institute of Technology officials announced pre-arrival COVID-19 data Wednesday as classes resumed for the fall semester.

According to pre-arrival data, university officials say more than 12,000 COVID-19 tests were submitted by students, and of those tests, 60 students tested positive — about 0.5%.

For employees, university officials say there were 2,503 negative tests and three positives — 0.12%

RIT officials no students will be allowed on campus without completing all pre-arrival COVID-19 requirements and receiving a negative COVID-19 test.

RIT officials say all tests have been “reviewed for accuracy” and that those with positive test results have not been on campus and are not allowed to circulate on campus.

RIT officials said in a press release Wednesday:

“To put these pre-arrival testing results into context, it’s important to note that both New York state and Monroe County are leading the nation in ‘flattening the curve’ and RIT’s results are significantly lower than the 0.7% positive case reported today within all of Monroe County. Health experts consider a positive rate below 1% as a sign the virus is under control within the community, and likely in decline.”

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On its website, the school has a COVID-19 alert level that is updated on the risk level of the coronavirus and what it means to activities on campus. As of Wednesday, the current alert level is listed as green: low risk with vigilance — which the school defines as “underlying threat of outbreak remains, but virus prevalence is low.”

In the reopening plan, the school announced it will reopen for on campus classes with required face masks, physical distancing, 50% capacity in classrooms and additional cleaning protocols.

The school is also mandating all faculty, staff and students to complete a daily health screening to report any symptoms or if they have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

With many students traveling from out of state, some already had to quarantine due to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus travel advisory, which requires incoming travelers from areas of high infection rates to self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

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Check back with News 8 WROC as we will provide updates to this developing story.

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