Queen’s reports two new cases of COVID-19

Students still encouraged to limit reading week travel

The two new cases were both identified off-campus.
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Queen’s reported two new cases of COVID-19 during the week of Feb. 8–14, as of Wednesday night. 

The two new cases were both identified off-campus.

There are three active cases of the virus in the off-campus community, according to the University’s COVID-19 tracker. There have been a total of 91 cases reported since Aug. 31, including 81 off-campus and 10 in residence.

The University is still requesting students, staff, and faculty who leave the Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox and Addington (KFL&A), Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, and Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark region for essential reasons self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.

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“As we approach the reading week break, please be aware that public health guidance advises that all unnecessary travel should continue to be avoided and that many regions outside the KFL&A region remain under a stay at home order,” Mark Green, provost and vice-principal (academic) wrote in an email on Feb. 8. “The increase in COVID-19 variants in the province means that we all need to remain vigilant.”

Those who travel outside the region for Reading Week won’t be able to access public spaces on campus, including the ARC and the library study spaces until they’ve isolated for the 14-day period.

Students looking to get tested for COVID-19 can book an appointment at Queen’s Satellite COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Mitchell Hall through Student Wellness Services (SWS). 

SWS is now offering voluntary asymptomatic testing for students; appointments can be booked Monday to Friday.

KFL&A Public Health is reporting 15 active cases in the region. There have been 683 cases in the region since the pandemic’s outbreak and one death.

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