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FAMU president says students understand risks of COVID-19 at weekend gatherings

Posted at 11:16 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 23:16:19-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida A&M University's president, Dr. Larry Robinson confirms 20 university employees and 14 students have tested positive for COVID-19 over the last month.

Robinson says two of those students are in isolation in the dorm facilities designated for that.

It's a small percentage of the student population, considering about 8,900 students are currently enrolled.

While cases are low, Robinson doesn't want the weekends to bring more cases to campus.

"We are concerned about what happens on the weekend," said Robinson. "We're really concerned about what may happen this holiday weekend, whether they stay here or go away."

He adds that student enrollment now compared to this date a year ago is down 6.7 percent.

Robinson says FAMU students understand their actions lead to consequences for them, faculty, their family, or businesses in the community, and is why he's urging them to stay safe with the ongoing pandemic.