ITHACA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork)Cornell University has shut down its campus in Ithaca because of a surge of nearly 500 COVID-19 cases.

The university says it’s moving to what it calls “Alert Level Red” after a rapid spread of the virus among students.

University officials say its COVID lab team detected evidence of the Omicron variant in a significant number of students who tested positive on Monday.

The university moved all exams online and canceled all activities and athletics.

CBSNewYork Team