ST. BONAVENTURE, NY —  The four new St. Bonaventure coronavirus cases that were added to the New York Department of Health’s COVID-19 tracker Tuesday did not test positive in Cattaraugus County. 

“We probably did not need to report those, but to be completely transparent, we wanted the state to know. None of these students were positive in Cattaraugus County,” Dr. Marlene Wust-Smith, medical services director at SBU’s Center for Student Wellness, said during a town hall meeting for St. Bonaventure students Wednesday evening. “...Frankly, I think it’s a blessing what we’re seeing now. There was potential for spread on campus that apparently has not occurred, but we dodged a bullet. I think it’s a cautionary tale.” 

Wust-Smith said the individuals have been cleared to return over the next few days. 

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University administrators hosted the meeting via Zoom to address COVID-19 questions and concerns from the student body. TAPinto Greater Olean listened to the recording of the meeting, which the university sent to the students via email Thursday morning.

The university’s COVID-19 data can be viewed on the New York Department of Health’s website. Tom Missel, the university’s chief communications officer, has told TAPinto Greater Olean the university must provide the state with “daily, and additional, data on not just cases but testing and quarantining.” 

The university provides additional data on its website. According to that data, the four cases are still active. The three individuals who previously tested positive have since recovered. 

The university began a randomized COVID-19 testing program for students on Sept. 14 and plans to test 20 students per day using the rapid test machine. SBU hopes to test 50 to 60 percent of its non-student athlete population over the next several weeks of the semester. Random testing for faculty and staff started on Monday.

According to university data listed on the state’s tracker, 885 COVID-19 tests have been administered since August. Of those tests, 437 have been PCR nasal swab tests, and 448 tests have been conducted using the university’s rapid test machine. 

The tracker also indicates that the university has 52 on-campus quarantine rooms available. None of them are currently occupied. 

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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