If you have been in the same enclosed environment but greater than 6 feet from a person displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, your risk for contracting COVID-19 is considered low. Specifically, incidental contact by visiting any of these locations would typically be designated as low risk.
For confirmed cases of COVID-19 on UB’s campuses, UB will work closely with Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) officials to reach out to any students, faculty or staff who may have come into close contact with this individual. As the ECDOH conducts contact tracing investigations for positive COVID-19 cases, they will share information about locations visited by positive COVID-19 cases.
Even though your risk of contracting the virus is low, you should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 illness.
Members of the UB community should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 by doing the following:
Most people have only mild to moderate symptoms and are able to manage their symptoms at home.
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider. Do not go to the office before calling — that will further spread the infection.
Students who are not feeling well are encouraged to consult with their family physician or UB Student Health Services, where the staff is prepared to answer questions and provide support.
Individuals with questions related to local health department guidelines should call the Erie County Department of Health helpline at 716-859-2929.
Follow guidance from your local health department. The local health department will conduct contact tracing. If you are identified as a close contact of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, a health department official will provide guidance on the precautions you should follow.
Visit the Resources section of this website for information from the New York State Department of Health on guidance for close and proximate contacts.
Everyone should practice social distancing and good hygiene. UB is asking members of the campus community to follow these public health recommendations to avoid the spread of respiratory illnesses:
For your day-to-day life in the coming weeks or months, this guidance translates to the following points:
Updated March 20, 2020