Back on Nov. 24, a group of SUNY Oneonta faculty held a candle lighting and food drive on campus to show the impact of COVID-19 locally. According to SUNY Oneonta, the faculty lit 1,215 candles to represent the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Otsego at that time. Some SUNY Oneonta faculty attended to show their great concern over SUNY Oneonta's plan to reopen for in-person classes for the spring semester. They feel the plan is unrealistic and won't protect them and the community from the virus.

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In conjunction with the demonstration, there was a food collection and almost 100 non-perishable food items and produce were donated to the Loaves and Fishes food pantry on Nov. 25. In addition, $110 was raised and donated to Friends of the Oneonta Community Health Center.

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