Published March 18, 2020
Dear Campus Community:
I am writing to inform you that the University at Buffalo was notified late this morning that a member of our university community has tested positive for COVID-19. This person is in mandatory isolation in their off-campus private residence, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We have been working closely with the Erie County Department of Health to assist with reaching out to any students, faculty or staff who may have come into contact with this individual. If you are deemed a close contact, you will be notified directly by the Erie County Department of Health with further guidance.
While health officials have said the potential for surface exposure is low, we are thoroughly cleaning areas to ensure the safest environment possible.
Please let me reiterate that the University at Buffalo’s first priority is the health and safety of our entire campus community. UB is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and taking all appropriate precautions to safeguard the well-being of our students, faculty and staff. This includes following the guidance of the CDC, and the state and county health departments.
During this period, we ask that you continue to take care of your health. This includes following public health recommendations to avoid the spread of respiratory illnesses—namely, social distancing; avoiding close contact with sick individuals; frequent hand-washing; covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue; cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; and staying home when you are sick.
Throughout these challenging and unprecedented times, I have been deeply appreciative of the respect and care you have shown each other as a university community. As always, we are here to support you.
Satish K. Tripathi