More SUNY-abroad students returning to Brockport, Stonybrook for quarantine

Mar 10, 2020

There will be a public information meeting in Brockport Tuesday night to help answer questions residents may have about the coronavirus, as well as some SUNY study-abroad students who have been housed at a dorm on the Brockport Campus.

College officials said 18 students coming back from Italy are housed in Gordon Hall, a College at Brockport dorm that had been vacant, just for a precautionary 14-day quarantine period.

Sweden Town Supervisor Kevin Johnson said he has learned from state officials that another 14 students from study abroad programs in South Korea and Japan will also be quarantined at Brockport. Four others will go to Stonybrook University.

The additional students will arrive either Monday evening or early Tuesday. The students have been screened and are not believed to be infected.

“Just like with our guests from Italy, these new students, who will undergo a two-week precautionary quarantine, have been screened and show no symptoms of the Coronavirus," said College at Brockport President Heidi Macpherson in a statement. "The students from Japan and South Korea will receive the same welcome and comforts that the students from Italy have received and, with the support of our surrounding communities (as indicated above), we expect to offer them even greater comfort in the days ahead.”

Johnson said there have been a number of residents who have offered to donate items to help the students’ stay in Brockport be more comfortable.

“If I can speak from what I sense from the residents of our town, they’re really approaching this in a balanced manner," he said. "They’re saying, 'Let’s make sure that the residents, that our families, that everybody is protected in terms of their health,' and in addition to that that, we’re reaching out to these kids because we all recognize that this obviously a difficult spot for them to be in.”

The meeting on Tuesday starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Brockport High School auditorium. Monroe County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza and representatives from the College at Brockport, the local school district and area governments will be there to help answer questions.