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Ithaca, New York’s Cornell University is locking down their campus after it was confirmed that roughly 900 students tested positive for COVID, with a number of those results showing indicators of the Omicron variant.
Despite the fact that the semester is already wrapping up and classes were over, the college went into full-blown panic mode after seeing a massive spike of COVID in the student body that began following the Thanksgiving break.
Wild Omicron spike at Cornell
src: @AnilOza16, @cornellsun pic.twitter.com/AcAjvTmEb1
— Dan Toomey (@dhtoomey) December 15, 2021
Finals were moved online as the campus moved to “Alert Level Red.”
In response to an increase in COVID-19 cases and evidence of the Omicron variant, Cornell is moving to Alert Level Red and announcing a number of immediate measures, including final exams moving online as of noon, Dec. 14.https://t.co/Scj0FZBEuA
— Cornell University (@Cornell) December 14, 2021
Despite much of the fearmongering over COVID in general and the Omicron variant specifically, it is telling that Cornell University noted in a statement they “have not seen severe illness in any of our infected students” and admitted that closing down their campus was more for the “broader community.”
Continuing, they explained the reason for “imposing such serious steps” was to keep COVID from spreading, but their math didn’t add up for many Twitter users:
So, #Cornell basically just sent a bunch of exposed (and likely contagious) students to travel home🛩…🤔 https://t.co/N9HRblcr5P
— Dana R Fisher, PhD (@Fisher_DanaR) December 15, 2021
I find this response incredibly disappointing from an institution full of brilliant problem-solvers. This isn’t March 2020. This is not a state of emergency. 97% of the population is vaccinated. With mitigations including #TestToStay, there is no need for this. #factsnotfear
— Tarja Parssinen (@tarjaparssinen) December 15, 2021
picture this: you are a cornell undergrad. your 2pm final is moved online. your roommate tested positive for COVID and is sitting in your dorm. the libraries are closed. where are you taking your final?
— David Kent, empathy guru (@DaveJamesKent) December 14, 2021
Literally wouldn't care.
They've had worse hangovers.
Covid worship is cult behavior for people who don't believe in God
— Grant Marshall (@UpstateGrant) December 14, 2021
Is that the university with a 97% vaccination rate?
— Maciej (@Maciej93052345) December 15, 2021
Why? You all are really afraid. These a young people that are vaccinated and in no real danger. Blue states look hysterical from here in the UK.
— BBannieBee (@bee_bannie) December 14, 2021
Naturally for Democrats, the argument always comes back to needing MORE vaccines (aka boosters), more masks, and more mandates. You know, the ones that have worked this well so far?
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