Northeast governors call on colleges to provide students with COVID-19 testing

By: | November 19, 2020

Citing rising coronavirus cases nationwide, seven northeast governors are calling on colleges and universities in their states to provide Covid-19 tests for all students traveling home for Thanksgiving.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, along with the governors of Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts announced they are encouraging residential colleges and universities in their respective states to make tests widely available to traveling students before they leave campus and to double down on isolation and quarantine efforts for those students who test positive.

“With Thanksgiving and the broader holiday season fast approaching, we have to recognize that any large family gathering — particularly among different age groups — runs the risk of turning the dinner table into a COVID hotspot,” Murphy said in a statement. “To reduce the risk of transmission across our region, we are encouraging colleges and universities to ramp up testing for students returning home, and for anyone who tests positive to adhere to their state’s quarantine restrictions.”

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