Update: March 3, 2020, 4:15 p.m.
Buffalo State College continues to intensely monitor the evolving situation related to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is taking multiple steps and precautions in the event of possible impacts on our campus community.
To be clear, as of 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2020, there were still no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Erie County or among any members of the Buffalo State community. Local health officials continue to stress that the current risk level for members of our campus and the region is low. Nevertheless, last week, we heard officials at the federal, state, and local levels begin to acknowledge that it is no longer a matter of “if” the novel coronavirus will find its way to our communities, but rather a matter of “when.” This news was understandably unsettling to many of us.
Consistent with the warnings issued by health officials last week, we learned today that there are now two confirmed cases in the New York City area. The first case, which was announced Sunday, is a health-care worker in her 30s who recently returned from a country affected by the virus (Iran). Authorities reported Monday that her symptoms were not serious and that she has been isolated in her home in the New York City area since returning to the United States. The second confirmed case, which was announced by Governor Cuomo this morning, is a 50-year-old Westchester man with underlying health conditions who has not traveled internationally.
Although federal, state, and local health officials continue to communicate that the immediate risk to our region remains low, I write to you today to outline a number of steps we have taken to protect our students, faculty, and staff members and prepare our campus for the likely impact of novel coronavirus on our community.
As a reminder,
As the situation continues to unfold, we will continue to keep you updated with the latest information.
Buffalo State College
I ask all members of the Buffalo State community to keep our international students and their families in their thoughts. While these are trying times domestically for all of us, many of our international students have been enduring the stress of this situation without family members to lean on. Please join me in letting the members of our international community know that they are welcome here and we are here to support them.
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