Virus

Updated 6:45 p.m. Sept. 5:

The number of students who have tested positive for COVID-19 are rising at local campuses.

Hartwick College in Oneonta announced its eighth confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus Saturday.

An outbreak on the SUNY Oneonta campus has caused the switch to all online learning for both campuses. Hartwick has decided to have at least the first two weeks remote, and SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras  ordered SUNY Oneonta to make the switch after hundreds of students were confirmed positive.

On Saturday afternoon, SUNY Oneonta reported 57 more cases among its students, bringing the total number of cases to 597*; 57 students were in quarantine and 143 students were in isolation on campus as of Friday, the college said in a media release.

As of Friday, SUNY Oneonta reported 540 total cases among students, with 138 isolating and 46 in quarantine on campus. 

SUNY Cobleskill announced at the beginning of its semester that two students had tested positive and were immediately placed in quarantine. As of the Friday, one more case was reported, according to the college's COVID-19 dashboard.

SUNY Delhi, which began classes Monday, showed two positive cases Saturday morning, according to its COVID-19 dashboard at delhi.edu. In a noon update, the dashboard listed four positive cases of six students tested.

On Friday, Malatras announced that all SUNY colleges and universities will implement a testing program to detect COVID-19 cases on campuses. The recently approved surveillance testing advancements at Upstate Medical University, as well as the University at Albany, "makes 100 percent testing capacity possible for every student on campus every two weeks.," the announcement said.

In county reporting, Otsego County Public Health reported a total of 710 cases, an increase of 70. Of those 64 of the new cases were linked to SUNY Oneonta, bringing the county's campus total to 582. Four new cases were reported to be Hartwick students, bringing that total to nine; and two new cases were reported related to a high school gathering two weeks ago, bringing that total to eight. There are no active hospitalizations.

The reporting discrepancy between county and college numbers is attributed to timing and confirmation of reports received by the DOH and the colleges, the county DOH said in a media release.

Delaware County Department of Health reported one new case Saturday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 112. The DOH is working with SUNY Delhi on contact tracing related to its cases, officials said in a media release. No current hospitalizations are reported in the county.

*Story changed at 11:34 p.m. Sept. 6 to reflect a corrected number of student cases after a clarification from the college

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