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Daemen College student, living off-campus, tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 10:59 AM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 10:59:33-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Daemen College student has tested positive for COVID-19, the institution says, after a testing event held on August 14 on campus.

In a letter to students and Daemen community members, Vice President Dr. Greg Nayor said the student was asymptomatic and "will not be permitted to return to campus until after 10 days of no symptoms and a new COVID test."

According to Nayor, the student does not live in campus housing. The college has notified the Erie County Department of Health, and intends to use the state's contact tracing program to notify anyone who may have been exposed to the student.

Daemen College is requiring mandatory testing for the fall semester. It has completed 550 tests so far, with one positive result. Nayor says the testing was implemented "to ensure that individuals who may be carriers, but do not know it, are not inadvertently spreading it to others on campus." The college expects to test another 550 community members this weekend.

In addition to testing Daemen is requiring PPE use and physical distancing on campus.

Classes begin on September 8.