Outbreak declared at Perth Hall residence at Western University – London


Middlesex-London Health Unit has declared a second outbreak at a student residence at Western University.The health unit received a report on Saturday that a third person from the University tested positive for COVID-19 at the Perth Hall residence.

The three students and those who came into close contact were transferred to a quarantine facility outside the residence.

The health unit said it is also following all close contacts of the cases to ensure they are tested and quarantined. Western University said all 327 students living in Perth Hall had been noticed.

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“We are asking those who live in residences to limit their contact as much as possible,” said Dr. Alex Summers, Assistant Medical Officer of Health at Middlesex-London Health Unit.

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“In addition to today’s outbreak declaration, our case management team continues to investigate the outbreak reported earlier this week at another student residence.

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The Health Unit also recommends that students wear a mask when in an indoor public space and get tested for COVID-19 if they start to develop symptoms.

The tests are available to students, faculty and staff at the two COVID-19 assessment centers in London and on the campus of the Western Student Recreation Center. For current hours and additional information, visit the Western COVID-19 Testing Center.

“As we see the number of COVID-19 cases on the rise across the province and the country, we know it can cause additional anxiety for our students at an already stressful time leading up to exam period,” says Jennifer Massey, Western Associate Vice President (Student Experience).

“We have additional staff on site during the weekends to help our students and answer any questions they or their families may have.”

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The Perth outbreak comes on top of that declared Thursday at Saugeen-Maitland Hall.

So far, the health unit has said eight residents have tested positive for the virus and they are all self-isolating “with the support of the Western administration.”

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Last month, an outbreak was declared at Western’s London Hall following four confirmed cases among residents.

The outbreak at London Hall has since been resolved.

An outbreak linked to Western University was also declared on September 13, although in this case most of the initial five cases involved students living off campus. Before the end of the week on September 17, a total of 28 cases of COVID-19 involved students at Western University, which resulted in tighter restrictions at the university.

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