I just sent the following robocall citywide, alerting residents to a COVID outbreak at Iona College.  The College is undertaking strict and comprehensive measures and has been fully transparent in sharing information with State, County, and City officials.  Although this outbreak appears confined to the Iona student body, it serves as an important reminder to all of us to observe public health guidelines.

A COVID outbreak has been detected at Iona College, with more than 60 confirmed cases so far. At this time, the outbreak is confined entirely to Iona’s student body with no indication of spread to the larger community, and nearly all cases have been traced to a single event.

The College is coordinating closely with County and State health officials, and has implemented strict protocols for contact tracing and quarantines. In addition, the College is switching to virtual instruction for at least the next two weeks.

This is a reminder to all of us that COVID-19 is still very much active in our region, so once again we advise residents to be diligent about observing public health guidelines. Wear a mask, practice physical distancing, and wash your hands frequently.

For more information, visit newrochelleny.com/coronavirus. To obtain a coronavirus test, call the State hotline at 1-888-364-3065. And please be sure to get a flu shot through your doctor or pharmacy.

Additional updates will follow, if warranted.

Thank you for listening. Stay safe and healthy.