A second wave of SUNY students studying abroad in countries most affected by the coronavirus arrived overnight at the College at Brockport, this time from foreign-study programs in Japan and Korea.
In an update to the Brockport community late Monday afternoon, Brockport President Heidi Macpherson said about 14 students were coming from Japan and South Korea. The first group arrived from Italy over the weekend and are now quarantined in Gordon Hall.
A college spokesman said on Tuesday that the group now includes a total of 31 students.
Last week SUNY called back some 300 students from abroad, including China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea. Some students have opted to be quarantined at their homes.
Macpherson said because so many people in the community have offered to help support the students during their 14-day quarantine, the college has established a website with information and a place to share messages. While the college is providing toiletry and snacks, the webpage noted donations of additional snacks, and books, magazines and other entertainments would be welcome. The web address is brockport.edu/life/health_center/community_support.
“I want to express my gratitude to the individuals and teams who have repeatedly exceeded all expectations over the last several days as we have welcomed our SUNY guests to Gordon Hall. I have been touched, not only by the efforts of our campus community, but by the generosity and support of our surrounding communities,” Macpherson said.
None of the students have shown symptoms of being infected with the virus, Macpherson said, but remained quarantined from the community and each other as a precaution. Brockport’s Gordon Hall was selected as a quarantine site because it was empty and close to needed services.
One of the students’ birthday is Tuesday, so the college provided a cake and wrapped gifts to her, and cupcakes to the other Gordon Hall residents, while community members were scheduled to sing “Happy Birthday” to her outside the dormitory Tuesday afternoon.
In related news, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Monday that New York has now surpassed the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Washington state (approximately 150), where the country has experienced the most deaths so far. New York had one more case of disease than Washington, but only eight hospitalizations and no deaths, he said. He offered perspective by noting this year’s deaths due to influenza have been much worse nationally. Most of New York’s confirmed cases have been related to large gatherings in New Rochelle, Westchester County.