NYU Reports 6 Positive Coronavirus Cases After Freshman Dorm Lockdown

WCBS 880 Newsroom
September 15, 2020 - 8:05 pm

    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Four NYU students tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, prompting the university to lockdown at least one freshman dormitory. By Tuesday, the school reported an additional two cases, bringing the total to six. 

    The students were all residents of the freshman dorm Rubin Hall.

    In an email sent by Dr. Carlo Ciotoli, NYU's head of the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team, the school “is requiring all Rubin residents to quarantine until at least Tuesday.” The school plans to announce then whether it will extend the lockdown.

    The university has implemented a system to keep the quarantined residents away from other students by deactivating their student ID cards to prevent them from entering any campus facility, WCBS 880's Marla Diamond reported.

    The news came days after NYU had to issue a warning for students to remain socially distant after video surfaced online showing hundreds of young people congregating in Washington Square Park over the weekend. The majority of attendees were maskless.

    It's not clear if any of the four positive cases were at the weekend party.

    Following a similar party over Labor Day weekend, the university suspended 20 students for violating its coronavirus policies.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo also denounced NYU security.

    "Frankly, NYU security didn't do anything about it. The local police didn't do anything about it.  You have NYU students who come from other countries. You have a large gathering, many people without masks. It went on for hours. What do you think is going to happen?" Cuomo said. 

    The school resumed in-person instruction two weeks ago, but before that, all students were required to move into dorms two weeks early in order to quarantine for 14-days, in accordance with New York State guidelines. 

    The school had come under scrutiny during that time for failing to provide adequate meals to some students quarantining inside dorms.

    It’s unclear if the new cases come from any large gatherings reported over the last two weeks.

    NYU plans to partner with New York City in enforcing coronavirus guidelines and will deploy representatives to hand out personal protective equipment.

    Under state rules, if a school surpasses 100 cases, or 5% of its on-campus population in a two-week period, then all instruction must be remote.

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