First Positive COVID-19 Test Result on Campus

by, Maria Thomas, News Editor

In an email to students, parents and employees sent out on Aug. 21, news was released that there has been one confirmed COVID-19 case on campus thus far.

Currently, all on-campus testing is being conducted by an independent company, Enzo
Clinical Labs. At the date of the email notification, Enzo Clinical Labs had processed 298 test results, with one positive result.

According to the email sent out by the college, “That individual, who has not displayed
any symptoms, was notified immediately and is isolating off campus at home.”

In addition to the student being removed from campus to quarantine, the email states that Manhattan College’s “contact tracing team identified all other close contacts of this individual. They were also notified and are quarantining, per New York City Department of Health and Manhattan College guidelines.”

Students arrive to campus for the first week of the fall semester and have been greeted with new signs.

These numbers are not current. The school has made no update to testing results, and
these tests were mainly being conducted for students moving back onto campus and some employees.

Test results for all students taking in-person classes or living on campus are due on Monday, Aug. 31, the same day that classes for the Fall semester commence.

All resident students, as well as commuter students who plan on attending classes
in-person, are required to submit test results by Aug. 31. In a more comprehensive email sent out on Aug. 20 with the subject line “As we return to campus, let’s make this work”, it says “Employees and commuter students should be tested in the two-week time period prior to their return to campus, and do not have to use the on-campus test site.”

Enzo Clinical Labs will remain on campus, offering COVID-19 testing to the Manhattan
College community, including employees and commuters, on the following dates:

Monday, August 31: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 3: 10a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday, September 4: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

In addition to getting tested, any students returning to campus are expected to fill out the COVID-19 Daily Symptom Tracker.