MC Sees 10 New Positive COVID-19 Test Results, Changes to Spring Semester

by, C. Garrett Keidel, Social Media Editor

In an email to Manhattan College students, employees and parents sent out on Oct. 8, Manhattan College announced that there have been 10 positive cases of COVID-19 recorded from off-campus testing results within the last 14 days. 

Eight of the 10 cases were related and the last positive result came from a test conducted on Sept. 30. 

Over 700 tests have been completed on campus through Enzo Clinical Labs and in the last 14 days, 76 tests from off-campus testing facilities were processed through Health Services. At the time of announcement 151 test results were pending.

The college also announced a new testing partnership with Imperial Pharmacy, in addition to the existing partnership with Enzo Clinical Labs. This will give students, faculty and staff greater access to COVID-19 testing, now making testing available four days a week, rather than just two days. 

This new partnership also comes with a new flexibility in testing times. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, when Imperial Pharmacy is conducting the tests, testing will be available from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. When Enzo Clinical Labs is conducting the testing on Wednesdays and Fridays, community members can get tested between 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 

Those who are getting their test done through Imperial Pharmacy are required to bring a photo ID and provide their Manhattan College email address. Those who are getting their test done through Enzo Clinical Labs are required to provide a photo ID and insurance card.

As of Oct. 7, the college maintained a positive test rate of 1.4 percent which was below the test rate of New York City at 1.5 percent at the time of the announcement. 

The college will continue to conduct surveillance testing for students on campus. Students selected to participate have one week after being notified of their selection to get tested. Failure to do so will result in the student receiving an orange pass, and will not be allowed to be on campus other than to take a COVID-19 test.

In addition to updating the college community on testing, Manhattan College announced there would be several changes to the Spring 2021 calendar.

Announced first was the canceling of spring break for the Spring semester. 

“Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, there will be no spring break in the spring 2021 semester,” college leadership wrote in the email. “This was not an easy decision, but is a necessary one for the continued health and safety of our community.” 

To compensate for the now missing week off, the semester will start a week later on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Students will still have off from April 1 to April 5 for the Easter holiday. The schedule for the end of the term will remain unchanged.