(SYRACUSE, N.Y.)– For the first time since the school year started, Syracuse University reported no positive coronavirus cases over the weekend of Sept. 25.
Just one week after the university’s biggest weekend spike of the year, the COVID-free weekend shows progress in SU’s efforts to limit the spread of the virus on campus.
Students like Brendan Carroll contributed to the progress by taking precautions to keep himself and others safe before he even returned to campus.
“I live in Westchester, New York. It was kind of one of the big spike areas at the start of this whole thing, so I feel like I’m a lot more used to some of the guidelines than possibly some other people from different parts of the country,” Carroll said.
While the progress was significant, SU student Dan Crooke said there are still areas of improvement that need to be addressed.
“There’s definitely still some large-ish gatherings going on. And also traveling around and outside Syracuse that’s a pretty big deal. We saw that happen over Labor Day weekend,” Crooke said.
SU has 5.11 positive coronavirus cases per 1,000 undergraduate students, ranking them tenth out of 19 Division 1 schools in New York reporting cases. Out of the schools with over 10,000 undergraduates, Syracuse ranks third out of seven behind SUNY Buffalo and SUNY Binghamton.
The university continues to test students regularly throughout the fall semester in order to build on the progress made over the weekend.