A SUNY Oneonta employee has tested positive for COVID-19. In a message sent campus-wide today, SUNY Oneonta President Barbara Jean Morris announced that the college learned this morning of the confirmed case. It is the campus’ first.

The affected employee is not at work and has been quarantined on campus since April 6, except to be tested for COVID-19.

The president shared that, earlier this afternoon, college officials 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 is performing 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.

The college will maintain the anonymity of the affected employee.

“We are a community of care that respects people’s privacy,” said Morris, adding that she is thankful for students’ and employees’ response to COVID-19.

“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,” she said.