Health Department responds to false rumors about novel coronavirus

Release Date: February 17, 2020


BUFFALO, N.Y – In response to widespread false and inflammatory rumors in social media, the Erie County Department of Health today stated “There have been no reports of any cases of novel coronavirus in Erie County, including at the University at Buffalo.”

The ECDOH also advised individuals to “verify all information you may receive online, especially via social media.”

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As the coronavirus situation evolves, the university will continue to closely follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines in collaboration with the state and county health departments.

The university is monitoring the latest developments in the coronavirus situation and is continually assessing how these developments may affect UB.

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