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SUNY Oneonta COVID Outbreak Slows as Free Public Testing to Continue

ONEONTA – Otsego County’s Coronavirus numbers are coming down.

They’re currently reporting 16 new cases – the lowest total in more than a week, all linked to SUNY Oneonta.

In Oneida County, there are seven new cases and no new cases in Herkimer County.

While SUNY Oneonta battles a Coronavirus outbreak that threatens to top 700 cases, nearby Hartwick College, only a mile away, has 11 cases on campus.

Hartwick administrators say it’s because they set strict preventative measures. They’ve removed chairs and desks from classrooms, closed their picturesque campus to the public, and moved to take-out dining. They’ve also moved to all-remote learning until Sept. 15, at which time they’ll decide how to move forward.

Meanwhile, the City of Oneonta will continue the rapid-result testing the state conducted in the city last week.

The mayor says it’s because the appointments filled up so fast that a lot of people who wanted to be tested, couldn’t. Mayor Gary Herzig expects to know in the next day or two when and where the extended free testing will be.

Herzig says the data from last week indicates that the SUNY Oneonta outbreak was contained to the college.



By Joleen Ferris / WKTV NewsChannel 2