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Four staff and faculty members, six students test positive for COVID-19 at Buffalo State College

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Posted at 10:19 AM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 14:17:03-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Four members of the Buffalo State College faculty and staff and six students have tested positive for COVID-19 according to the college's COVID-19 dashboard. Two of the six student students who have tested positive live on campus while the other four commute.

The dashboard, which can be found here, will display confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 among resident students, commuter students and faculty/staff.

"We believe an informed community is a safe community; therefore, we have created a COVID-19 online case dashboard for the fall semester," said Buffalo State College President Katherine Conway-Turner. "The online dashboard will be regularly updated as new cases of COVID-19 are identified this semester. Students, faculty, and staff members are encouraged to bookmark the dashboard and monitor it throughout the year. Campuswide e-mails will not be issued after each positive test. Campuswide notifications will be reserved for larger outbreaks that may affect operations."

The college has also set up a website where students, faculty/staff and campus visitors can find coronavirus information.

Officials say any resident student who tests positive for COVID-19 will be quarantined in North Wing, which has been designated as a isolation residence hall. Any commuter student, faculty or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 is expected to quarantine in their off-campus home.

The college has a partnership with the Erie County Department of Health on contact tracing efforts and anyone who is determined to be a close contact with a positive individual(s) will be notified directly and asked to quarantine as appropriate.