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Masks, Gloves and Doritos: COVID-19 Rattles College Students, Faculty

ALBANY — By noon on Thursday, the dorms at University at Albany were eerily silent. In the Campus Center, small clusters of students waited around listlessly.  Some wore masks or rubber gloves provided by the college upon request.

Sharinel Nunez, a sophomore from Brooklyn, said she wore the protective gear because she was planning to take public transportation back home later in the day.

“I don’t know if I’m safer here or in the city,” she said. “I feel like there are a lot of cases we still don’t know about.”

A more chaotic scene played out at the campus store, 518 Market, where UAlbany staff in purple shirts scrambled to restock shelves that had been cleared out by students preparing to leave town.

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