Warren J. Schor Passes Away at 20
Warren Schor passed away from swine flu complications at the age of 20 today.
[[image|id=118|size=large|align=right]]Schor is the first victim of H1N1 in both the Cornell community and in Tompkins County.
A junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Schor was a member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.
The University declined comment on Friday afternoon.
WVBR spoke with Tompkins County Public Health Director Alice Cole regarding Schor's death. Cole said, "I am saddened to report this death, our first in the county related to novel H1N1 Influenza."
A USA Today story reported Friday that a Swine Flu vaccine should be available in mid-October. When asked about the availability of the vaccine, Cole responded by saying, "We are working closely with our planning partners to ensure the vaccine gets to our five target groups as identified by the Centers for Disease Control."
The CDC advises people aged six months to 24 years, parents of young children, pregnant women, healthcare workers, those with underlying medical conditions and the elderly to get the vaccine first.
Interfraternity Council President Eddie Rooker said that the IFC's "thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and fraternity brothers of Warren."
Rooker announced earlier this week that the IFC had enacted a moratorium on registered fraternity parties at the University through next Wednesday in response to swine flu concerns.
Cornell Student Assembly President Rammy Salem told WVBR “It’s so sad. He was a resident in Donlon where I was an RA. It was only a little while ago that I found out. My hope is that Gannett will continue to take steps to ensure that the effect of swine flu is minimized."
As of Wednesday, Gannett Health Services had reported approximately 450 cases of the H1N1 virus on campus.
A Cornell junior who lived with Schor during their freshman year told WVBR, "Damn, I didn't even know that could happen. That's crazy. My God."
Concerned members of the community can have their concerns address by calling the Gannett Flu line at (607) 255-5155.
President Skorton's full statement to the Cornell Community reads as follows:
Dear members of the Cornell community:
It is with deepest sadness and regret that I inform you of the loss of one of our students today at Cayuga Medical Center. Warren J. Schor, 20, died of complications related to H1N1 influenza. The university has been in close contact with Warren's family, and we wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to them and to his many friends. Please keep them in your thoughts in the following days.
We ask everyone to be alert to the risks related to certain underlying health conditions and the more severe symptoms that should trigger prompt consultation with your health care provider. Students, if you have concerns about your health please contact Gannett Health Services by phone 24/7 (255-5155). I urge all members of our caring community to follow, for your own health and for others, the flu prevention and public health recommendations we have been promoting.
Counseling and support services are available to all members of the Cornell community. Students can reach Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) on campus by calling 255-5155. The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is available 24/7 by calling 800-327-2255 and selecting option 1. For Cornell United Religious Work (CURW), call 255-4214.
Please check the flu-info site (cornell.edu/flu) for updates on H1N1 flu, and use our flu phone line (607-255-0101) and flu-info (firstname.lastname@example.org) mailbox with questions and concerns you may have.
WVBR will provide updates as they become available.
Cornell University President David Skorton issued a statement Friday afternoon announcing the death of Cornell Student Warren Jacob Schor, 20, of complications related to H1N1 influenza. Schor died Friday at the Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca.