NEW ROCHELLE, NY — A new coronavirus outbreak at Iona College in New Rochelle has resulted in 60 confirmed cases so far, and as a result classes will be held virtually for the time being.
According to a robocall from Mayor Noam Bramson, the outbreak is confined — at this time — to Iona's student body.
There is no indication of spread to the larger community, Bramson said, and nearly all cases have been traced to a single event.
Because of the infections, the college is switching to virtual instruction for the next two weeks at least.
"This is a reminder to all of us that COVID-19 is still very much active in our region, so once again we advise residents to be diligent about observing public health guidelines," Bramson said in the robocall. "Wear a mask, practice physical distancing and wash your hands frequently."
The college has been holding classes during the fall semester in a mixed-mode method. Learning both in person and online are synchronized, with the exception of courses designed solely as distance learning.
The fall semester will end prior to Thanksgiving. The winter session will not begin until after the first of the year, with the spring semester beginning Feb. 1.