COVID-19 outbreak declared at Western University residence

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The London Public Health Service has declared an outbreak at a Western University residence building, moving some students to an undisclosed quarantine location.Middlesex London Health Unit said on Sunday evening that four students living in London Hall on Western Road, south of the university gates, had tested positive.

“Declaring an epidemic is an important step in tackling any further spread of COVID-19 within the western student community,” said Dr Alex Summers, assistant medical officer of the Middlesex-London Health Unit, in a statement.

Close contact with the infected students has been contacted, Summers said.

In a written statement released shortly after the health unit declared the epidemic, Western University said the infected students had been moved out of their residences and that, out of “great caution”, the close contacts were also placed in quarantine.

“We deliver meals to them and our staff are in regular contact to make sure the students are well supported,” the university said.

The MLHU wished to remind students not to visit the GTA, Ottawa and other hot places.

Perhaps this is a warning that comes too late, with many students already heading home for Thanksgiving.

Sunday saw the largest one-day increase in the region since April, with 20 new cases recorded.

The MLHU said 13 of Sunday’s new cases were in people in their 20s or younger.

Western University reminds students that on-campus testing site is open from Tuesday for anyone with symptoms

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