University at Albany school officials on Tuesday advised students who spent time around the campus fountain Thursday night to contact student health services after a student tested positive for Covid-19.
The student has been isolated since Friday, according to a message posted to the college’s website, but there was a “moderate risk of exposure” for anyone who spent time around the campus’ main fountain between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Thursday. Those students were asked to schedule a test on campus.
“This is not a surprise,” Kevin Wilcox, associate vice president for enterprise risk management and compliance, wrote in the campus message. “We knew this might happen, and we have planned for it.”
Wilcox said the college does not plan to notify the campus community about every positive case but did in this instance because of the possibility of exposure to others. He also noted the positive case was an example of how the new protocols in place were working because a positive case was quickly identified and others with potential exposure were contacted.
“This incident demonstrates that the safety nets the university has constructed are working as designed,” he wrote.