What steps are the university taking now that the campus community has been affected?

UB is working closely with the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) to implement measures to protect peoples’ health and minimize exposure to the novel coronavirus.

When there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 among the UB community, the ECDOH, in collaboration with the university, will reach out to any students, faculty, staff or visitors who have had close contact with the infected individual. These individuals will be advised to quarantine. The university will also do a thorough cleaning of affected areas to ensure the safest environment possible.

To reduce population density on the university's campuses and thus reduce the risk of exposure to the virus, UB has transitioned to a distance learning model for the majority of courses and students have been advised to say home for the remainder of the semester.

Also, non-essential UB employees have been directed to work from home until further notice.

Essential employees and members of the university community who are on campus have been advised to practice social distancing and to take steps to protect their health and the health of others, according to guidelines provided by the CDC and ECDOH.

Updated March 18, 2020