New York is adding three temporary sites in the Oneonta area after students at the nearby college tested positive for coronavirus.
The testing sites are set up in Oneonta and Otsego County on Wednesday at 11 a.m. and on Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
SUNY Oneonta moved to remote classes for two weeks after more than 100 students tested positive for the virus following off-campus parties.
"We are continuing our efforts in Oneonta. SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras made the right decision and the courageous decision to close the campus for two weeks, and now the state is setting up sites for our testing SWAT team to ensure this cluster of cases does not spread throughout the City of Oneonta and beyond," Cuomo said.
"I believe colleges are the canary in the coal mine. I believe what you're seeing across the nation is going to continue. When colleges open, students come back, congregate settings, socialization, the infection rate goes up. Either the college administration is rigorous and disciplined in their administration of the precautions, or the viral transmission rate goes up and then the college has to close and go to remote learning."
New York made similar rapid testing sites available in western New York.