2 More Students Test Positive for COVID-19

Minnewaska Hall is a suite-style residence hall on the SUNY New Paltz campus
Minnewaska Hall is a suite-style residence hall on the SUNY New Paltz campus

Via Campus Update

Dear Members of the Campus Community:

Two students reported to the College in the last 24 hours that they have COVID-19.

The first student is a female commuter who was last on campus on March 13. She reported that the onset of symptoms took place on April 4. She was tested on April 7 and received a positive result on April 9. She is currently at home in quarantine in Orange 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 this student while on campus is not needed, due to the distance in time between her last time on campus (more than 14 days ago) and the onset of symptoms.

The second student is a female who resides on campus on the ground level of Minnewaska Hall. She returned to her campus residence during spring break on March 25 and remained on campus until departing on March 28. She reported spending her time on campus in her residence hall, with occasional trips to Nester’s in the Student Union.

The student reported that the onset of symptoms took place on March 25, after she had returned to campus. She has not been tested, but her physician diagnosed her with COVID-19 on the basis of her symptoms and the fact that three close family members with whom she lived have tested positive. She is currently at home in the Bronx.

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 who may have come in contact with this student while she was on campus from March 25-28.

Because it has been more than seven days since either of these students was on campus, we do not need to deploy any focused cleaning of buildings they occupied, per current CDC guidance. As of this writing, we can confirm that seven employees and 15 students have tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19. All have been quarantined at home or in the hospital. Some are already feeling better.

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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