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City of Oneonta taking steps to stop the outbreak at SUNY Oneonta from spreading to city's general population

At Tuesday night's virtual common council meeting, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig says the city caught the spread at the right time, and only one non-college student has tested positive.

Posted: Sep 1, 2020 10:25 PM
Updated: Sep 2, 2020 11:17 AM

ONEONTA N.Y.- With SUNY Oneonta reporting 68 new student cases Tuesday, the outbreak at the college has reached 245 students.

That number is expected to rise, as the city is waiting for test results to come back from all SUNY Oneonta students being tested.

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig says the New York State Health Department has assigned 71 contact tracers, and seven investigators to Oneonta to help pinpoint and map the spread, and to stop it as soon as possible from reaching the city's non-college general population.

Three testing sites will open in Oneonta this week.

The sites listed in the link above will operate until Saturday.

Mayor Herzig says by taking these steps now, he believes the city caught the outbreak at the right time, before it spreads to the general population.

"We do not have reason to believe at this time that transmission has moved from the college community students to the general population. We have not had people stating that they have symptoms, we have only had one positive test of anyone not related with the college in the past week. So, all under cautions are good that we caught this in time and it's not transmitted to the general population." said Herzig.

SUNY Oneonta students who live on campus and must be quarantined, are prohibited from leaving campus, and students who tested positive are in isolation and not allowed to go outside at this time. All meals are being delivered to them in their dorm rooms.

The city is doing everything possible, including working on getting more testing available for residents, in the event people can't get into the first three sites this week.

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