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State Issues Guidance to Colleges for Holiday Travel

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A student wears a mask as she works on her laptop outside on the BU Beach at Boston University in Boston on Sept. 23 2020

"The available Return Home testing for all students revealed higher numbers of positive results for three of our campuses that have resident students and demonstrated the importance of conducting this testing prior to departure for the semester", said Kelly Wolgast, director of Penn State's COVID-19 Operations Control Center.

The information was distributed to students Monday afternoon via an email from Vice President of Student Affairs, Ro-Anne Royer Engle.

Binghamton University will not return to in-person learning for the rest of the semester. To minimize the risk of infecting their peers and family members, students who have not yet received a negative test result are encouraged to wait until they receive one before leaving campus.

The Governor said MA returned to the Commonwealth from other state for Thanksgiving, should get tested as well or plan to quarantine for 14-days.

According to the dashboard's update, 31 students are now in on-campus quarantine, while 48 are in on-campus isolation.

Health officials have warned about the prospect of hundreds of thousands of college students nationwide potentially aiding in the spread of the coronavirus when they return to their home communities for the holidays.

Busch said they still don't know how many students will decide to travel to Windsor, but they are expecting 1,200 new global students to start in the winter term.

A coalition of seven governors in the Northeast this week encouraged colleges to provide testing for all students traveling home for Thanksgiving break to "the maximum extent possible".

Stenger says the increase was not a surprise to him, since the university is testing all students per the SUNY mandate. At University Park, students can make appointments with University Health Services by using myUHS online. Students headed to the Toronto campus will have a hotel in the Greater Toronto Area and those coming to Chatham or Windsor will stay in a Windsor hotel.

It has become common knowledge that COVID-19 can be asymptomatic in some people. It's no secret that college students this semester have been extra anxious about their academics, and even beyond this, economic and political stressors related to the pandemic have played a huge role in negatively impacting students' well-being.

Nearly every day since the start of the school year, I wake up and preorder my daily matcha latte from Local Java.

After decreasing to 1.57 new cases per day on November 1, the seven-day moving average of new cases among students increased again last week to as high as 8.29 cases per day on Friday.

UB's rigorous surveillance testing program, strict on-campus health guidelines and a significant reduction in density within classrooms and residence halls have helped the university prevent significant outbreaks for most of the fall semester.

Dr. Adalja warns that without extra precautions like frequent testing, mask-wearing, social distancing, and self-quarantining ahead of the holiday, the risk of community spread is increased. If you were to look at a map of COVID-19 testing sites in the state of New Jersey, you would see a plethora of testing sites in the towns of Montclair and Verona.

If a student tests positive, they should plan to isolate on campus, said the Massachusetts Governor. The Abbott BinaxNOW test is a rapid antigen test. "Professors have been really nice, though, to make sure that it isn't stressing me out too much". By Sept. 1, after the first week of class, more than 1,200 people had been infected on campus. "Schools chosen for Phase One need to meet six criteria including the ability to complete DPH reporting requirements and ensure staff who administer the tests are trained".

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