2 colleges in upstate New York disappear after coronavirus cases

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POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (AP) – Two colleges in upstate New York were holding distance learning courses, suspending in-person activities and banning visitors on Monday after detecting multiple cases of coronavirus.

Westchester County Iona College said it was moving online classes for two weeks from Monday after identifying 58 cases. The Catholic college of 4,000 students said in an online post that the increase affected some sports teams and the virus was transmitted through a “single, isolated event.”

Marist College in Poughkeepsie announced its initial lockdown Thursday after learning of cases of coronavrius resulting from an off-campus weekend rally held without masks or social distancing. The college did not specify the number of positive cases and on Sunday extended the lockdown restrictions until Tuesday.

The college of more than 6,000 students said it was carrying out several rounds of targeted coronavirus testing for students and instituted a “temporary precautionary quarantine” at its Fulton townhouses.

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