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April 8 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community

Posted on: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Dear Members of the Campus Community:
Three students reported to the College in the last 24 hours that they have tested positive for COVID-19.
The first student is a female commuter who resides in Dutchess County. She was last on campus on March 11, became symptomatic on March 23, was tested on March 31 and subsequently received a positive test result. She is currently at home in Dutchess County.
The second student is a female commuter who resides in Orange County. She was last on campus on March 13, became symptomatic on March 29, and tested positive on March 31. She is currently at home in quarantine in Orange County.
The third student is a female commuter who resides in Ulster County. She was last on campus on March 13, was tested on March 27 after becoming symptomatic, and received a positive test result on April 5. She is currently at home in quarantine in Ulster County.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, additional notification to students, faculty or staff who may have come into contact with these individuals while on campus is not needed, due to the distance in time between their last time on campus (more than 14 days ago) and the onset of symptoms. 
Also, because it has been more than seven days since these students were on campus, we do not need to deploy any focused cleaning of classrooms or academic buildings they occupied, per current CDC guidance.
As of this writing, we can confirm that seven employees and 13 students have tested positive for COVID-19. All have been quarantined at home or in the hospital. Some are already feeling better.
The College is sharing information about students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 in a single message sent at the end of each day. Messages will be sent whether or not there are confirmed cases to report, and will continue Monday-Friday until further notice.
Members of the campus community may hear unconfirmed reports of individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 but have not tested positive. The College will continue to report only confirmed, positive test cases to the campus community.
We remind members of our community that the CDC has advised that there is “No Identifiable Risk” to an individual who walks or briefly shares a room with a COVID-19-positive individual. That guidance can be found in Table 1 of the CDC’s interim guidance for risk assessment related to perceived levels of exposure.
We continue to recommend that members of our community who are experiencing flu-like symptoms practice good public health protocols by resting, drinking lots of fluids, reducing contact with others, restricting their movement around campus, and contacting the Student Health Center or their primary care physician.
Campus leadership is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19 with guidance from the CDC and our local and state health departments, as well as SUNY System Administration and the Governor’s Office.
Please continue to monitor campus e-mail for updates. Campus community members can view updates at the Coronavirus Information and Coronavirus FAQs webpages, which are being updated regularly as this situation evolves.


Message originally distributed via: Campus Update