Sept. 6, 2020
SUNY chancellor announces 3-pronged attack on campus Covid
The State University of New York will ramp up the fight against Covid-19 on three fronts, with increased and quicker pooled tests, stricter enforcement of rules governing student behavior, and a new statewide SUNY dashboard that will display prompt and comprehensive statistics from each campus.
The changes were announced by new SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras Sunday afternoon in a news conference in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
In his first visit to Western New York since he was named SUNY Chancellor 16 days ago, Malatras announced the changes and encouraged students to obey the restrictions. "These are not normal times," he said, referring to "the beast that is Covid-19."
"We're not out of the woods yet," Malatras said. "But I think what we're doing here, although in a new normal, will instill confidence in the community, with our parents, with our students, with our faculty and staff that we can remain open safely."
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High school volleyball teams forced to take a wait-and-see approach: It’s up in the air when any boys’ or girls’ volleyball team in the state will get to play matches because state government officials deem it a high-risk sport along with football and competitive cheerleading. Read more
Editorial Board: The ins and outs of voting in a pandemic year: With turnout expected to be high and pandemic worries pervading the landscape, The News offers a primer on voting in 2020, looking at deadlines and methods for registering to vote and then casting your ballot. Read more
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