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18 students temporarily housed at SUNY Brockport for precautionary quarantine

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Some SUNY students returning from study abroad are being housed at the College at Brockport for a precautionary 14-day period, but officials stress that they are showing no symptoms of the novel coronavirus.

College President Heidi Macpherson released a statement Saturday confirming that the local university will host “several” study abroad students returning from Italy, who had to leave that country due to the coronavirus outbreak. A subsequent statement to the campus community said that 18 study abroad students arrived Sunday at Gordon Hall.

On his Facebook page, Town of Sweden Supervisor Kevin Johnson said on Saturday that Governor Cuomo’s Rochester office called him and said that somewhere between 10 and 20 students arrived first at Kennedy Airport and then were bused to Brockport, arriving there early Sunday morning.

Johnson said they are asymptomatic, and were tested before the flight and will be tested when they land.  Johnson said the governor’s office stressed there is no danger to the community and that they will report any developments in the health of any of the students as soon as anything changes.

In Macpherson’s letter, she said that while they are on the Brockport campus, SUNY will spare no expense to make sure the students are provided with every resource needed to make the precautionary quarantine as comfortable as possible.

Macpherson said that Gordon Hall  is currently unoccupied so the students arriving from Italy will not come into contact with any Brockport students during their stay.

A statement that went out to the Brockport community from the college over the weekend said that Gordon Hall was chosen because it was one of the very few vacant dormitories across the SUNY system, with rooms that can accomodate students comfortably with WiFi, food services, and large enough to allow them to be separated from one another during the precautionary quarantine period.

A university police presence will be at Gordon Hall to provide "the same level of service and security to the study abroad students as they would the campus as a whole," the statement said.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.