Broome’s Executive says while over 10,000 Binghamton University students begin their return to the region for the spring semester, he doesn’t expect a huge increase in new COVID cases.

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)
Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)

The Democrat says he’s confident in the plans the State University of New York and B.U. have in place for the testing of students as they arrive and weekly tests after that.

The positivity rate among students last semester was very low and Garnar says he fully expects, while there may be a small increase in positive results added to the county’s tally due to the large number of tests administered to students, he does not expect there will be a big spike in illness.

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All students have to be tested on their return and before classes start at Binghamton University on February 11.  Class sizes are limited and many courses are being taught online. Mask wearing and physical distancing rules are still in place on campus and spring break is canceled.  Garnar says the protocols and restrictions for SUNY this semester are even more strict than the measures put into place last fall.

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