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Keuka College moves to distance learning for 2 weeks due to COVID-19 cases


Keuka College has become one of the latest colleges to transition to all-remote learning for a while because of a spike in COVID-19 cases.

The college notes that the Yates County Department of Public Health confirmed on Friday that 12 Keuka students tested positive for the coronavirus in the previous 24 hours. That brought the number of active cases at the college to 18, with one case resolved.

Keuka College says that out of an abundance of caution, more than 70 students who may have had contact with the affected students are currently quarantined, roughly half of them on campus.

Keuka College will transition to distance learning for a period of two weeks beginning Monday, October 12.

“This is the best way to accommodate the immediate instructional needs of all our students, whether they are quarantining or not,” said College President Amy Storey.

Students have been strongly urged to remain on campus during the two-week distance-learning period and were reminded that unnecessary travel increases health risks to the people in their families and broader home communities.

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.