LIU Post in Brookville goes remote after rising cases
According to a letter issued by LIU President Kimberly R. Cline, the decision came after rising cases among students attributed to off-campus parties.
She said additional cases were reported in recent days by students who were in contact with those at the off-campus gatherings.
“While our numbers are well below the mandated thresholds for remote learning, we have chosen to act now,” she wrote in the Wednesday night letter. “This gives us the best opportunity to reverse the trend and welcome you back in two weeks.”
While other local universities have relied heavily on remote instruction, LIU — which according to its website instructs nearly 15,000 students with main campuses in Brooklyn and Brookville — opted to offer most classes in-person.
The Brookville location is the only LIU campus going to all remote instruction.
The number of new positives reported today: 88 in Nassau, 81 in Suffolk, 508 in New York City and 1,460 statewide.
The map below shows the concentration of cases within Long Island communities. Search the map, and view charts showing the latest local trends in testing, hospitalizations, deaths and more.
LI home prices rise and set a record in Suffolk
Long Island home prices kept climbing last month, hitting a new high in Suffolk County as the suburban homebuying scramble extended into September.
Homes in Suffolk sold for a median price of $464,375 last month, up 13% compared with a year earlier, OneKey MLS reported Thursday. In Nassau County, the median sale price increased year-over-year by 9.3%, to $590,000, the service reported.
The sharp rise in prices and sales activity prompted some real estate experts to wonder whether the surge is sustainable, or whether an increase in interest rates or slow in demand from buyers leaving New York City could eventually bring the market back down to earth. Read more.
Cuomo: Feds, states need to ‘think ahead’ for a vaccine
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday called for a meeting of state governors and President Donald Trump to plan for the next stage in the pandemic battle: distributing a vaccine.
Cuomo told reporters on a conference call that states need guidance and clarity from the White House on the availability and distribution of a potential vaccine.
“Dealing with COVID is not checkers, it’s chess, so let’s think ahead,” he said.
“I do believe there will be distrust about the vaccine, because there’s distrust in the administration … you then have to administer it, how do you that? … and how do you do that quickly? And