Mercy College reports seven positive COVID-19 cases
Mercy College is reporting several positive COVID-19 cases at its main campus in Dobbs Ferry.
School officials say they have taken steps to test all residential students and staff for COVID-19.
With 95% of the test results back, they have now identified seven positive cases. News 12 has been told those individuals are currently isolating and will continue to go to class virtually.
According to the college website, officials took a comprehensive approach to reopening the school by taking many measures to try and keep everyone safe, including face coverings and proper distancing throughout the campus.
The administration says part of its plan includes following contact tracing and quarantine protocols as directed by local and state health authorities if a Mercy College community member tests positive for coronavirus. They say they are contacting anyone who could be at risk.
News 12 spoke with one former Mercy faculty member who says that while safety protocols are put in place, in many ways it's still a guessing game. "I think nobody really knows what to do, obviously this is unprecedented. I think they're doing as good a job as they can, but it's hard," says Lindsay Astor, a former Mercy College adjunct professor.
A special section called a dashboard has been created on the Mercy’s On Campus Plus website to report positive cases on campus.
As of now, Mercy shows no COVID-19 cases at any of the other Mercy College locations, including the Yorktown Heights campus.