Clarkson, facing new COVID cases, goes fully remote

COVID spike at Clarkson University

POTSDAM, N.Y. (WWNY) - After a two-day spike in COVID-19 cases, Clarkson University is taking students out of the classroom.

Clarkson University has had 33 new COVID-19 cases in the past two days, causing the university to go on red alert, its highest level of COVID precautions.

Officials are going one step further and moving all classes to remote by Thursday.

University spokesperson Kelly Chezum says that the latest spike does not worry them and this is precautionary.

“We wanted to be, just very proactive coming out of the weekend,” she said, “and make sure that we were staying on top of things.”

Chezum says classes will be remote at least through the weekend.

All sports are canceled for the time being. Gyms and fitness centers are also closed. Visitors will not be allowed on campus and students are being asked to interact only with their roommates.

The university will be doing contact tracing in the meantime. Chezum says the state did not force them to do this.

“We’re well below where New York state has us to go into remote learning,” she said. “This was totally a Clarkson decision just to be proactive.”

Chezum says that most of Tuesday’s positive cases are people who were already in quarantine and the university will be doing a deep clean of the whole campus.

Chezum also says that all COVID-19-related updates can be found on the university’s website.

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