SUNY testing finds just over 0.5% positive for virus statewide

Jacquie Slater & WNYT Staff
Updated: November 24, 2020 08:42 PM
Created: November 24, 2020 01:48 PM

Leaders in the SUNY system are releasing the COVID-19 test results for their students heading home for Thanksgiving.

All 64 campuses required students using on campus facilities to test negative before they could go home.

They tested over 150,000 students and staff. Of those, 956 came back positive which is a positivity rate of just 0.63%. That's much lower than the state's number for its general population.

There are currently 880 students across New York in quarantine before they can go home.

SUNY students will not return to campus for the spring semester until February 1.

Speaking at SUNY Schenectady, Chancellor Jim Malatras commended SUNY students for doing the right thing.

"If we were a state, we would be the lowest state positivity rate in the nation. While students often have been criticized for being the vectors of spread of the virus, this goes to show you that students can step up and do the right thing," said Chancellor Malatras.

At SUNY Schenectady, only four students have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the semester.

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