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SUNY leaders: Students must test negative for COVID-19 before heading home for Thanksgiving break

SUNY campuses across New York are taking an unusual and far-reaching step to address the spread of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19.

Students at SUNY schools will be required to test negative before they are allowed to leave for Thanksgiving break, according to Chancellor Jim Malatras.

He told the Associated Press this week that the 64 colleges and universities in the state under the SUNY umbrella must come up with plans by November 5th.

Entire student populations will be tested within 10 days before Thanksgiving break.

It applies to all students who take one class on campus, work on campus, or use on-campus services include the gym, library or dining hall.

Anyone who tests positive will have to quarantine for the 14 days leading up to Thanksgiving break.

Most colleges are planning to go fully-remote between Thanksgiving and Winter Break.

No additional information about the plan was available. The spring semester is also a major question. At this point, if case numbers continue to rise – it’s unclear if students will be learning remotely, or in-person between January and May.