This morning, the college learned that a SUNY Oneonta employee has tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on our campus.
The affected employee is not at work and has been quarantined on campus since April 6, except to be tested for COVID-19.
We are a community of care that respects people’s privacy. The college will maintain the anonymity of the affected employee.
Earlier this afternoon, the Office of Human Resources notified campus community members who may have been in contact with the affected employee. The Otsego County Department of Health has collected information about such individuals to provide them with direction about ongoing precautionary measures.
The college also contacted the appropriate facility managers to request extra cleaning on high-touch areas where the affected employee works, such as handles, doorknobs, elevator buttons, bathroom stall doors, faucets, handrails, swipe areas, keypads, etc. This is consistent with guidance from the New York State Department of Health.
Thank you for following guidance and regulations aimed at keeping our college and community safe and slowing COVID-19’s spread. We are meeting the challenge of this pandemic, and I continue to be in awe of everything that we are doing to keep moving forward and support one another.