RPI's strict coronavirus plan pays off

Benita Zahn & WNYT Staff
Created: November 17, 2020 06:43 PM

RPI had an aggressive COVID testing plan – 80,200 tests were done with 18 positives during the fall semester.

Testing along with tight policies for mask wearing, social distancing, and other preventive measures paid off.

Now the school is looking ahead to when the COVID vaccine is being rolled out.

Right now, the two leading vaccine candidates from Pfizer and Moderna, need to be kept at very low temperatures. That's where RPI may be able to help.

RPI President Dr. Shirley Jackson says they'll be reaching out to the state to see if their services are needed.

As for students attending school now, they'll be tested for the virus before heading home for Thanksgiving this weekend.

Dr. Jackson says as soon as their results are in, they're instructed to head home.

If anyone tests positive, they'll remain in isolation on-campus until they're cleared to leave.

Learn more about the comprehensive plan and why it's worked so well by watching the video of Benita Zahn's story.

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