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Central New York colleges such as Syracuse University haven’t been able to escape the local and national spike in COVID-19.  In the past two weeks, there have been nearly 400 positive tests reported by SU, prompting the University to go fully remote for the final days of classroom learning before students head home to finish the semester. 

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Syracuse University's public health surveillance team has now identified and confirmed as many as 45 new positive COVID-19 cases that appear to stem from off-campus gatherings.  In a message to the University community, Vice Chancellor Mike Haynie says they've traced the cases directly or indirectly to one off-campus party held late last week on Walnut Ave.  He says as the contact tracing and testing process continues, they anticipate additional positive cases connected to the party.

Higher education has been feeling the financial strain and logistical challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and SUNY Cortland is no exception.  Senator Chuck Schumer met privately with President Erik Bitterbaum Wednesday to talk about higher education relief in previous and upcoming legislation. 

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Syracuse University freshman are starting their college careers in much the same way they ended high school not long ago…in a very strange way due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Students have begun moving in to on-campus dorms with a mix of excitement and caution.