Jacobs School Student Tests Positive for COVID-19, Self-Quarantines

Published March 25, 2020 at 8:46 PM

Dear members of the Jacobs School community,

It has come to my attention that a student from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating at their off-campus residence. A close family member of this individual, who is also a Jacobs School student, is also under quarantine at their off-campus residence, awaiting testing.

In light of this news, all of us should be mindful of the need to self-monitor our health closely for the next 14 days by checking our temperature twice daily and monitoring for cough and/or shortness of breath.

If you do not develop symptoms of COVID-19, then testing is NOT necessary. If you develop a temperature of 100.4 F or above AND a cough or shortness of breath, you should self-isolate and immediately notify your health care provider or UB Health Services at 716-829-3316 if you are a student. 

In regard to the confirmed case, please be assured that the Jacobs School and the Erie County Department of Health are following existing protocols in order to reduce the risk to others within the school. This includes contacting anyone identified as having had close contact with the infected individual to determine if other precautions are needed, and cleaning impacted areas within the school.

To help limit the spread of the virus, every member of the Jacobs School community is reminded to practice social distancing; avoid close contact with sick individuals; wash your hands frequently, cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and stay home when you are sick.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. The safety and well-being of the Jacobs School community is our utmost priority. We will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and take all appropriate precautions to safeguard the well-being of our students, faculty and staff.

Sincerely,

Michael

Michael E. Cain, MD
Vice President for Health Sciences and
Dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
University at Buffalo
955 Main Street, Room 6190
Buffalo, NY 14203-1121
Phone: 716-829-3955
Fax: 716-829-2179
mcain@buffalo.edu