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Coalition of governors encourage colleges to test students before leaving for Thanksgiving

Christian Fernsby ▼ | November 20, 2020
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Delaware Governor John Carney, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced they will encourage residential colleges and universities in their respective states to provide testing for all students traveling home for Thanksgiving break to the maximum extent possible before they leave campus.
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Any student who tests positive will be encouraged to isolate on campus before they can travel or detail arrangements of their safe travel home with the local department of health.

These efforts will help mitigate the threat of college students returning home for the holidays importing coronavirus into their communities.

In addition, colleges should inform students and their families of relevant quarantine policies in their home state.

In order to stop college-related travel spreading coronavirus, colleges and universities in New York, Massachusetts, Delaware, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania will be encouraged to make testing available to all students before they leave for Thanksgiving break and inform students and their families of states’ quarantine requirements.

Any student who tests positive before they leave should be permitted to isolate on campus or may travel safely with the approval of the local departments of health.

Students who are already isolating or quarantining on campus must remain in place until completing their prescribed seclusion.