10th Student Tests Positive for COVID-19

Bouton Hall is residence hall on the campus of SUNY New Paltz
Bouton Hall is residence hall on the campus of SUNY New Paltz

Via Campus Update

Dear Members of the Campus Community:

A student reported to the College late Friday, April 3, that he had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier that day.

The student is currently at his home in Rockland County.

The student is a resident of the third floor of Bouton Hall. He attended classes during the week of March 9-13 and was last on campus on March 14 to pick up belongings from his room. He reported that the onset of symptoms occurred on March 14.

We are working closely with the Ulster County Department of Health and Mental Health and the Ulster County Office of Emergency Management to reach out to any students, faculty or staff members who may have come in contact with this individual.

Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, any of those potential secondary exposures may already be out of quarantine, assuming they never became symptomatic and have been cleared by a physician, given that their possible exposure on campus could have occurred no later than March 14, more than 14 days ago.

Also, because it has been more than 7 days since the student was on campus, we do not need to deploy any focused cleaning of the classrooms or academic buildings that the student entered at this time, per current CDC guidance. As of this writing, we can confirm that seven employees and 10 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.

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