Northeast Governors encourage colleges to provide testing for students before Thanksgiving break
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Delaware Governor John Carney, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker are the Governors that participated in the emergency Northeast Governors summit.
PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – Northeast Governors have come together to encourage their local colleges to provide testing for students before they return home for Thanksgiving Break.
The governors and their public health experts developed this guidance over the weekend at an emergency summit between the northeastern governors.
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Delaware Governor John Carney, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker are the Governors that participated in the emergency summit.
They are also encouraging colleges to make sure students are aware of the quarantine rules for their home state,
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.
The governors hope this will decrease the threat of college students returning home for the holidays importing COVID-19 into their communities.
“As our COVID cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, it’s critical that we come together as a region to slow the spread and keep our constituents safe,” said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. “We all need to be more vigilant about keeping our circles small and our masks on, while at the same time we’re continuing to ramp up asymptomatic testing across-the-board. This collaborative approach among Northeastern states will help us flatten the curve and contain spread over the Thanksgiving holiday.”
All Governors are urging their residents to stay home and celebrate small this year in an effort to help eliminate the risk of unchecked COVID-19 spread in the coming weeks.
“The region is experiencing a surge in COVID cases and a surge in the serious health impacts this disease brings with it. Working together on travel and higher education policies like these, states can have a bigger impact on COVID spread as students travel for the holidays,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “Gathering with friends and family significantly increases the risk of spreading the virus and while testing and isolation guidelines can help slow the spread, it is up to everyone to wear a mask and avoid gathering indoors with people outside of your household.”
Also, all Northeast Governors are “strongly recommending” that colleges and universities finish their fall semesters by expanding remote instruction.
This was already the plan for most schools like the University of Rhode Island, which plans on their students not coming back to campus until the beginning of the Spring Semester.
This enables more students to learn from home for the few weeks between Thanksgiving and winter break rather than have students travel back to campus, and then back home again in December.