Schenectady County encourages any college students returning to the county after leaving college campuses due to COVID-19 to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Students leaving any campus should follow all guidance provided by their school and the local public health department where the campus is located, county officials said in an advisory Friday evening. In addition, the county also recommends a 14-day self-quarantine for students in that situation.
SUNY-Oneonta — with about 6,000 undergraduate students — closed its campus to in-person learning last week after a COVID outbreak linked to student parties. That outbreak has now spread to hundreds of students. Other colleges are also dealing with COVID cases and social distancing violations — so SUNY-Oneonta may not be the last campus to close.
Schenectady County officials said many of the recent new positive cases in the county have been linked through family and social connections, and cases where younger people who may have no symptoms spread it to older relatives who can become seriously ill.
“County Public Health recommends returning students self-quarantine from other members of their households, frequently wash shared surfaces, wear masks and practice social distancing within their household, and avoid gathering in group settings,” the county advisory said.