ALBANY - A person connected with the University at Albany has tested positive for COVID-19, the university said in a statement Wednesday morning.
The individual resides off campus and is to remain isolated from the campus until cleared by public health officials. The release did not identify whether the person is a student or someone else connected to the school, but county health officials later confirmed the patient is a student in his early 20s.
The school also noted it is specifically closing the business building as a precaution for cleaning.
Also as a result, classes Thursday at the school were cancelled to allow county health officials "to complete their work in order to minimize public health risk."
The school indicated they received word of the positive test "late last night" from the Albany County Department of Health.
"We are working closely with ACDOH to reach out to any students, faculty or staff members who may have come in contact with this individual," the statement from school President Havidan Rodriguez reads. "Also, as a precaution, we are closing the business building today for cleaning."
"I want to reassure you that all appropriate precautions are being taken, and that the University's COVID-19 task force continues to address related academic, student affairs, and facilities concerns."
The news comes the day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that all SUNY schools, including UAlbany, would move to online learning March 19 amid coronavirus concerns.
The announcement also comes days after officials announced two coronavirus cases in Saratoga County.