ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — A St. Bonaventure University student who arrived on campus Wednesday to begin a mandatory 14-day quarantine has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to an email sent by the university Friday afternoon.
The student, according to the university, is asymptomatic and had been tested for COVID-19 at home on July 31 but was unable to get the lab result before leaving for St. Bonaventure in order to meet criteria for quarantining from Aug. 5 to 19. Students who arrive in New York State from areas with high COVID-19 rates are required to quarantine for 14 days under an executive order issued by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The university agreed to allow COVID-19 test result submissions after students returned because they headed straight to quarantine upon arrival.
About two hours before the university's announcement, the Cattaraugus County Health Department issued a news release announcing two new COVID-19 cases, the 132nd and 133rd in the county. The health department's description of the 132nd case matches several of the details provided by SBU about the student. According to the news release, the 132nd case is a female who just arrived from Puerto Rico and is residing in the southeast quadrant of the county, which is where St. Bonaventure is located. She is asymptomatic and was tested on July 31, and the test came back positive on Wednesday.
The university's announcement did not indicate the date the student received the positive test result, and Tom Missel, SBU’s chief communications officer, declined to provide additional details beyond what was in the email.
According to the SBU email, the student is being isolated in a Doyle Hall room dedicated for students who test positive for COVID-19. The county health department will determine when the student can be released from isolation.
The 133rd case identified in the county’s release is a woman who lives in the southwest quadrant of the county. The woman reports being asymptomatic after coming into direct contact with a known COVID-19 individual. The woman was tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday and received her positive test result on Thursday.
The county has begun thorough contact tracing on the individuals.
There have been 133 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county since March. There are currently 10 active cases; 119 residents have recovered, and four have died.
For more information on the Coronavirus in the Greater Olean area, visit TAPinto Greater Olean's Coronavirus Updates page, which is updated continuously.
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