University at Buffalo announces first confirmed case of COVID-19

Posted at 3:52 PM, Mar 18, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The University at Buffalo announced Wednesday a member of the UB community tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, according to the Erie County Department of Health.

UB says this is this first confirmed case among the UB community, and the individual is in mandatory isolation at a private off-campus residence.

Officials say they are working closely with the ECDOH to reach out to anyone who may have come into contact with the individual.

UB says the university is thoroughly cleaning areas to ensure the safest environment possible.

The university is on spring recess this week; starting Monday the university will move to a distance learning model. Students are advised to stay home for the remainder of the semester if they are able to do so.

“Please let me reiterate that the University at Buffalo’s first priority is the health and safety of our entire campus community," said UB President Satish K. Tripathi. "UB is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and taking all appropriate precautions to safeguard the well-being of our students, faculty and staff. This includes following the guidance of the CDC, and the state and county health departments. Throughout these challenging and unprecedented times, I have been deeply appreciative of the respect and care you have shown each other as a university community. As always, we are here to support you."