POTSDAM — SUNY Potsdam President Kristen Esterberg reported in a letter to the campus Sunday that five students have been confirmed as having COVID-19.
The students arrived on campus between March 14 and March 20
The students, Ms. Esterberg wrote, had been in quarantine previous to the diagnosis.
“The five SUNY cases are five additional cases, bringing the total to 18 (in St. Lawrence County),” said Dana O. McGuire, St. Lawrence County Public Health Director in an email to the Times
Later on Monday, the number of cases was changed by the public health department to 17.
Brigette Conklin, a community health educator with the health department said, in a Facebook Live broadcast, that one of the cases had been attributed to another county.
The students are living in single rooms with separate bathrooms, according to the college.
“All approved residential students who have recently traveled to campus from areas with a high incidence of COVID-19 have been required to complete a 14-day self-quarantine period,” Ms. Esterberg wrote. “They all were given tests by Student Health Services, in conjunction with the Public Health Department.”
Only one student had symptoms, according to Ms. Esterberg. Four were asymptomatic.
Ms. Esterberg said affected physical spaces will receive deep cleaning and be disinfected, consistent with public health guidelines.
“In keeping with our Potsdam Pledge, I would ask each of us to remember to treat all members of our campus and our communities with the dignity and respect we all deserve during this difficult period. The scope of this pandemic is unprecedented in our time, and I know we are all fearful and concerned for ourselves, our families, our loved ones and one another,” Ms. Esterberg wrote. “Through our collective actions and with a focused intention, we can all help to protect each other and maintain our wellbeing, by sharing hope, doing our part, and supporting each other. Thank you for your critical efforts”