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First group of study-abroad SUNY students at Brockport are released from quarantine

Gordon Hall at the College at Brockport
Max Schulte
Gordon Hall at the College at Brockport

Students from the first group of study-abroad SUNY and CUNY students under voluntary quarantine at the College at Brockport went home on Saturday.

Officials say 14 of the students were released. They were part of a group of more than 30 SUNY and CUNY students from various campuses choosing to quarantine at Gordon Hall, which had been a vacant dorm, on the Brockport campus.

The students had been returning from various study-abroad programs, and were quarantined for 14 days. They had all tested negative for the virus, but agreed to remain in isolation for the two weeks.

Others are still in quarantine at Gordon Hall.

Also, Brockport announced recently that the college has decided to close residence halls and student townhomes. President Heidi Macpherson says that social distancing and density reduction are two effective strategies for stopping the spread of this virus, and that is behind the decision.

Macpherson says there are very few exceptions, and they include students already on campus who are from other countries, who may be facing homelessness, or those who have no access to technology.

Brockport, like other SUNY campuses, moves to online learning next week.

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.