ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — Five university students and an adviser, representing St. Bonaventure College Republicans, attended the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, in late February. 

One CPAC attendee, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, had contact with several people at the event, according to multiple news reports.

Members of the College Republicans declined to comment. But St. Bonaventure Chief Communications Officer Tom Missel said Cattaraugus County Public Health Director Kevin Watkins cleared the group to return to campus after the university provided information regarding the six CPAC attendees.

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“They were cleared based on evidence supplied to Dr. Watkins that confirmed none of the six people from Bonaventure came into contact with the person from the CPAC event who had contracted the coronavirus,” Missel told TAPinto Greater Olean in an email.

In a March 6 letter to the campus community, University President Dennis DePerro urged faculty, staff and students returning from spring break to exercise caution.

“Students, faculty and staff who traveled over spring break to countries impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) — but only those nations that have reached CDC-level 2 or level 3 status — should not return to campus until they have self-quarantined at home for 14 days, beginning with the day they returned home. The same holds for anyone who might have come into contact with someone who’s contracted COVID-19,” DePerro wrote. 

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