Some Syracuse University students with Covid-19 refusing to identify who they exposed – syracuse.com

Syracuse, N.Y. As Syracuse University tries to contain a surge of Covid-19 cases, some infected students are refusing to identify fellow students they may have exposed to the virus.

Some students are choosing not to participate in SUs contact tracing process which seeks to quickly identify, trace and quarantine individuals who may have been infected, according to Mike Haynie, SUs vice chancellor.

To knowingly withhold information that could prevent another member of our community or their family members from becoming infected and possibly very ill is categorically wrong and indefensible, Haynie said in a message posted today on SUs website. We expect every member of our campus community to participate fully and honestly in the contact tracing process.

SU requires students to participate in contact tracing as part of the schools stay safe pledge. Students who refuse to do so can face disciplinary sanctions.

Cases have been increasing at SU since mid-March. There have been 325 new cases in the past 14 days. SU reported 17 new positive cases today. There are currently 346 students in quarantine because they may have been exposed to the virus.

Haynie called the increase troubling.

As we head into another weekend, I urge all our students to recommit themselves to responsible public health behaviors to keep you and those around you safe, healthy and on campus, Haynie said.

James T. Mulder covers health and higher education. Have a news tip? Contact him at (315) 470-2245 or jmulder@syracuse.com

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