ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — St. Bonaventure University officials, amidst the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, will continue to receive guidance from local and state health departments. 

Nationally, there are more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19, including 31 deaths. And in New York, there are more than 100 cases. 

In a message to the campus community on Wednesday, SBU President Dennis DePerro said there is no immediate threat to the campus community and the surrounding area. 

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DePerro said a comprehensive Planning & Response Team will continue to discuss a COVID-19 Emergency Plan.

A growing number of colleges and universities have canceled face-to-face classes this week, including Syracuse University, Ohio State University, Fordham University, Columbia University and many others. 

At present, according to DePerro, face-to-face classes will continue, but the university will act accordingly. 

“Classes are still being held on campus, but the Planning & Response Team is developing contingency plans in case we have no choice but to stop conducting face-to-face classes,” DePerro wrote. 

For now, DePerro said the campus community members should continue to sanitize, wash their hands frequently, avoid close contact with those that are sick and much more. 

In addition to those precautions, DePerro, in another email, said students should avoid traveling to Brooklyn, New York, for the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship this weekend.

“Although I can’t prevent anyone from attending, I’m strongly recommending that members of the Bonaventure community — other than those deemed essential personnel — not attend the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Brooklyn, which opens for the Bonnies Thursday afternoon,” wrote DePerro. 

“Those people who make the personal decision to attend, and those who need to be there, are urged to abide by the CDC’s health guidelines.

SBU students, faculty and staff can find more information regarding the coronavirus here: www.sbu.edu/coronavirus.

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