SUNY Chancellor Malatras Statement on University at Buffalo COVID Cases

September 4, 2020

"I commend President Tripathi for moving quickly in responding to the COVID cases on campus by accelerating the launch of SUNY Upstate Medical's aggressive pooled surveillance testing program that can frequently test students, staff, and faculty on campus. This action along with the steps they've already taken to reduce density on campus and many of their students being fully remote, the campus has continuously acted swiftly to protect their community. While a portion of their total positive COVID cases are on campus and the rest reside off campus with the majority of them fully online, we will remain vigilant and continue to provide every resource available to the University at Buffalo to ensure this virus is contained and the campus community is protected."

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