UB community member tests positive for COVID-19

UB announces its first positive coronavirus case, health department to call 'close contacts'


A UB community member tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday and is currently in mandatory isolation in their off-campus residence, according to an email from UB President Satish Tripathi. 

Tripathi sent the campus-wide email around 3:15 p.m., writing that UB is working closely with the Erie County Department of Health regarding the university’s first COVID-19 case. If a person is considered to have had “close contact” with the infected person, the ECDOH will contact them. The potential for surface exposure is "low," according to health officials Tripathi referenced in his email, but UB is “thoroughly” cleaning areas to lower risk of infection. 

“UB is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and taking all appropriate precautions to safeguard the well-being of our students, faculty and staff,” Tripathi wrote. “This includes following the guidance of the [Center for Disease Control and Prevention], and the state and county health departments.”

This is a developing story.

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Alexandra Moyen is the editor in chief of The Spectrum.