ITHACA, N.Y.—Ithaca College announced Thursday the establishment of its own COVID-19 dashboard, showing nearly 2,000 tests administered and zero positive tests, at least since the testing program started on Aug. 14.

There have been 425 tests taken by faculty, to go with 774 taken by staff; 39 on-campus student tests have been taken, compared to 700 off-campus student tests. Since there have been no positive tests, the school’s capacity for isolation/quarantine is still 100 percent available, with 152 rooms available on campus.

Coincidentally, the dashboard went live as Cornell University’s own containment of the coronavirus is being put to the test, with 47 active cases now on campus just two days after classes officially began. Clusters have formed among Cornell and Tompkins Cortland Community College students, but Ithaca College has obviously not seen the same impact so far.

Ithaca College did have some positive tests within its community in March just before universities were closed, but there were no reports of a widespread outbreak. Initially, the school planned to hold in-person classes beginning in October, but fears over the pandemic pushed them to convert to an all-online format for the entire semester.

“We are grateful that we have no positive COVID-19 cases to report since our testing began in mid-August; however, we share this information cautiously,” wrote Dr. Christina Moylan, Director of Public Health Emergency Preparedness for the school. “We are very conscious that the trajectory within our college community can change quickly. Individual choices and behaviors matter. To navigate this pandemic successfully, we must do so together and adhere to public health recommendations to wear face coverings, maintain six feet of distance, and avoid gatherings when possible.”

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com