An email was sent out to Syracuse University students, faculty and staff earlier this afternoon, alerting the community to the presence of COVID-19 found in wastewater from a University residence hall.
The virus was discovered in the wastewater of Ernie Davis Hall, and as a result, the building is being closed, and students quarantined.
"This is not a surprising development as epidemiologists fully expected to detect the presence of the virus by this method during this semester. The wastewater surveillance program is part of the University’s comprehensive effort to expeditiously mobilize our response protocol allowing us to quickly detect, contain and mitigate COVID-19 among our community." - Said J. Michael Haynie, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation.
The University has begun the process of testing everyone who lives and works in the building, and are reassuring the community that they are committed to protecting everyone.
"We recognize, given the news of outbreaks at other universities, this announcement is concerning. However, we are confident in the efficacy of our monitoring, tracing and isolation strategies. We are working quickly to implement our response protocol to ensure any trace of COVID-19 is quickly contained to limit potential spread." Said Haynie.
Read the full transcript of the email below.