UB has 107 active cases, 33 cases counting towards NYS threshold
Instead of rolling average, UB to use positive cases from Sept. 12-25
UB has 107 confirmed active cases of COVID-19 among students and employees, according to the university’s COVID-19 dashboard.
Among those affected are 18 students living on-campus, 29 students living off-campus but taking classes on-campus, 60 students living off-campus and taking classes remotely and zero university employees.
On Sept. 14, SUNY released a memorandum to clarify the threshold for a temporary suspension of in-person learning: “The New York State threshold for transitioning to fully-remote learning is 100 positive tests in a set, two-week period. At the end of the two week period, the count of positive cases toward the 100-case threshold will reset to zero, per state mandate.”
According to this clarification, 33 of the 56 on-campus cases will count towards that threshold, because they have occurred between Sept. 12 and Sept. 25 — the designated two-week period.
This is a shift from earlier guidance. In a statement on Sept. 3, a UB spokesperson said that “the university is aware that the NYS Department of Health’s guidance states that colleges and universities must transition all in-person learning to remote when 100 members of the on-campus population – inclusive of students, faculty, and staff – test positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period.”
In an email to the UB community on Sept. 1, President Satish Tripathi encouraged students to heed the university’s health and safety guidelines.
“Remember, these are not ordinary times,” Tripathi wrote. “Because of the global public health crisis, we have embarked on a semester that is unprecedented in our university’s history. Any inconvenience these guidelines may pose is eclipsed by our greater responsibility — as members of an educated, scholarly community — to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”
Last update: Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.
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