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Statement on Response to Cases on Pleasantville Campus


Statement on Response to Cases on Pleasantville Campus

Statement from Jerry McKinstry, director of Public Affairs, Westchester:

“Four students on our Pleasantville campus tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. The next day, we tested more than 600 members of our community and identified another 16 students who tested positive. Those students have been isolated and their contacts are quarantining.

“As required by law, we informed the Westchester County Department of Health of these cases. Because 18 of our 20 positive cases are students living in Alumni Hall, the county is requiring a 14-day quarantine for all students who live in Alumni Hall. Any Alumni Hall students who have left the residence hall will be required to self-quarantine at home for at least 14 days. Additional testing will be conducted in the upcoming week.

“All students quarantining on campus are to remain in the dorms for two weeks in order to avoid the risk of possible exposure to family, friends and others.

“While this news is obviously unwelcome, we were prepared for it, and have taken actions to protect our students and the community. We are proud of the students who responsibly reported their symptoms and got tested, and we’re pleased that the systems in place worked to help us confront this outbreak so quickly. 

“Students are being delivered meals in their rooms, and residence hall staff is on hand to support these students. We are continuing the rigorous disinfecting and cleaning of our facilities. Faculty will work to accommodate the remote learning needs of all Alumni Hall students.

“The health and safety of the Pace Community and our neighbors is our top priority. We continue to work closely with the Westchester County Department of Health and are dedicated to preventing any further spread of the coronavirus.”