COVID-19 outbreak declared in University of Waterloo residence building

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A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at a student residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.

According to Waterloo Public Health, two floors of the Clara Conrad Hall residence on the University of Waterloo campus reported new infections over the Thanksgiving long weekend.

As a result, the public health unit declared an epidemic on these two floors.

In a press release, public health said “individuals are in isolation and are being monitored.”

It is not known how many students are infected and their identities will not be revealed.

All residents with positive cases from both floors will need to self-isolate for the next two weeks, public health said.

Anyone else identified as high-risk contact with infected students will be notified directly by public health officials.

“The health and well-being of our students and the Kitchener-Waterloo community is our primary concern,” Laurier Vice-President of Student Affairs Ivan Joseph said in a statement. “We will continue to work closely with public health officials to manage this outbreak and do all we can to prevent the spread of the virus.”

Public health said “high standards” are in place on the Laurier campus and in residences to prevent the spread of the virus. He added that “the university has put in place campus sanitation and cleaning protocols since the start of the pandemic.”

“The majority of our students follow health and safety protocols, including wearing masks, physical distancing and avoiding gatherings,” Joseph said.

The outbreak comes after another outbreak was declared at London Hall at Western University on Sunday. Four students are isolating themselves off campus after testing positive for the virus.

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