This week, Cornell University reported over 900 Covid-19 instances. Many Omicron variant cases have been reported in fully vaccinated students.
According to university authorities, 903 instances of Covid-19 were recorded among students at Cornell University between December 7 and 13, with a “very high proportion” of them being Omicron variant infections among fully vaccinated persons.
The school’s Covid-19 dashboard was updated late Tuesday afternoon, explaining for the surge in case numbers recorded.
“Virtually every incidence of the Omicron variation to far has been detected among fully vaccinated students, a percentage of whom had already had a booster vaccine,” stated Joel Malina, Vice President for University Relations.
As a consequence, the school has chosen to close its Ithaca, New York, campus, which has around 25,600 students. The total immunisation rate among Cornell students is 97 percent.
President Martha Pollack stated in a letter to the student body released Tuesday that the university would relocate final exams for the semester online, cancel all events and sports, and shut the libraries.
Malina said that the precautions being implemented on campus are intended to “assist students who have tested negative in safely returning home for the Christmas break, as well as to minimise the spread of the Omicron strain to susceptible groups.”
“While I want to reassure you that we have not witnessed serious sickness in any of our affected students to yet,” Pollack stated, “we do have a responsibility to play in preventing the spread of the disease in the larger community.”
Students are required to get vaccinated at school, with exceptions for religious or medical reasons. All unvaccinated children and many vaccinated kids are obliged to take part in surveillance testing. Mask wearing inside is required.
Employees must be immunised by January 18th. According to the university’s website, 97 percent of students are completely vaccinated.
“At this time, Cornell does not require members of our community to receive a booster; however, as breakthrough cases continue to occur, we encourage you to consider receiving a booster,” officials said.
According to Cornell’s online academic calendar, the last day of courses was December 7, and the final test period is set for December 11-18.