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"As part of its overall safety and health protocols, NYU has an extensive testing program, with students in NYU housing tested weekly.  Since August 1, NYU has conducted nearly 26,000 tests, with a positive rate of 0.12%.

“Our most recent round of testing revealed four positive cases out of approximately 400 residents in one of our student residence halls, Rubin Hall.  

“Those four students are being isolated in accord with our protocols.  Our contact tracing process is underway, and close contacts are being quarantined.  Those isolated or quarantined will not be permitted into university buildings until cleared by the University's COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team (CPRT). 

“After consulting with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, out of an abundance of caution and recognizing that earlier intervention has been shown to make for better long-term outcomes, NYU is taking some additional steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 within our community. All residents of the relevant residence hall are being asked to quarantine through at least Tuesday evening and will be retested on Monday.   

“We are arranging for meals and other supports for the quarantining students.  All of NYU’s courses this fall 2020, regardless of whether they meet in person, are structured to have the capacity for students to attend remotely, so students will be able to keep up with their studies.

“The University is committed to the health and safety of its students, and has and will continue to communicate regularly with the students and with their families.”

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