20 Pace University students test positive for COVID-19; students ordered to quarantine
The number of positive COVID-19 cases at Pace University in Pleasantville has climbed into the double digits.
At least 20 students out of the more than 600 people tested came back positive for COVID-19. At least 18 of those students live in the dorm building Alumni Hall.
Westchester County has ordered roughly 300 students in that dorm building to quarantine for 14 days.
School officials say students have meals delivered to their rooms while Resident Hall staff work to support students.
Dan Ho, a student at Pace, lives in a dorm across from Alumni Hall.
"It's a little worrisome being in quarantine, having done it myself it can get a little difficult sometimes," says Ho. "Right now, it's just kind of a big question mark, people don't really know what's going on."
School officials say students have meals delivered to their rooms while Residence Hall staff work to support students.
Pace officials say they are continuing to conduct rigorous disinfecting and cleaning of school facilities. Faculty is working on accommodating remote learning for all students under quarantine.
"It's a really big kind of period of uncertainty, so as long as you're taking care of yourself and doing the right things, I think that's the most important thing right now," Ho said.
Resident Hall staff say dorms are also where some challenges reside when monitoring social distancing -- particularly Alumni Hall -- where many first-year students live.
"You are looking to create connections with other people, and how do you do that with face coverings and physical distancing?" said Rachel Carpenter, Interim Pace University Dean for Students. "So that was our opportunity to look at how do we create that community, but we still have an obligation to keep them healthy."
The school is now working with the Westchester County Department of Health on contact tracing and what steps need to be taken moving forward.