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Andrew Cuomo Uses NY SWAT Team to Contain College COVID Outbreak

Is this an abuse of power, or what’s needed to combat the coronavirus pandemic?

Talk about an overreaction.

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been the face of the Empire State’s coronavirus response, often using his time in front of the cameras to draw angst-ridden comparisons between the job that he is doing and the work of the White House.  His anti-Trump slant was so vociferous that Cuomo was even considered as a replacement for Joe Biden on the 2020 Democratic ticket at one point.

Cuomo would soon become the face of COVID-19 paranoia for many Americans, and that won’t likely change now that he’s sending highly-trained super-cops to local colleges to enforce the state’s coronavirus protocols.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo deployed a SWAT team to the State University of New York College at Oneonta to help contain a surge in coronavirus cases that developed at the school.

The state team will include 71 contact tracers and eight case investigators, Cuomo announced Sunday.

In an effort to control the outbreak, New York state will also open three free, rapid-testing sites in the city of Oneonta that will be open to all city residents by appointment.

The cases of the virus began to emerge last week when the university officially welcomed undergraduate students back for the fall semester. Since then, SUNY Oneonta’s total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 105, representing 3% of the faculty, staff and students who are on campus or using campus facilities, according to university officials.

The move is sure to ruffle the feathers of freedom advocates, however, as it further expands the role of law enforcement in this medical crisis.

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