Tompkins Cortland Community College moves to remote learning for the rest of the week due to COVID-19 cases

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Press release from Tompkins Cortland Community College.

After consultation with the Tompkins County Health Department, Tompkins Cortland Community College will move to all remote instruction Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4 out of an abundance of caution to allow for thorough and safe contact tracing after new COVID cases were discovered in the campus community.

In addition to one previously identified case, the College identified five additional positive cases. One is a new residential student who has had no close contact with anyone on campus and is in an isolation room in the residence halls. The second has not yet been on campus for the semester. The remaining three are in isolation in their off-campus apartment complex and are following the guidelines of the Tompkins County Health Department. These three were on campus one day this week and attended in-person classes. It is important to note that while they were on our campus, the students followed all of our COVID-19 safety protocols.

The move to remote will allow the Tompkins County Health Department time to complete ongoing contact tracing and contact any parties involved. The College’s goal is to continue in-class instruction, but only when it can be certain that our campus community is safe and healthy. At this time, the College has not been required to go remote by the county, state, or SUNY, but decided to act out of an abundance of caution. The College will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.