Queen’s reports three new cases of COVID-19

Five active cases at Queen’s

The COVID-19 testing centre at Mitchell Hall has performed 4,508 tests to date.
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Queen’s is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 this week, as of Thursday evening.

All three cases were found off-campus. Queen’s has seen a total of 104 cases since Aug. 31: 10 in residence and 94 off-campus. Ninety-nine cases have been resolved, leaving five active cases at Queen’s. 

Queen’s cases represent 14.3 per cent of the total cases found in the Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) region. With 17 current active cases, the region entered the green zone Feb. 10

The University is recommending that those who leave the region self-isolate for 14 days upon return. The Student Wellness Services (SWS) COVID-19 testing centre at Mitchell Hall is currently offering asymptomatic and symptomatic testing.

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According to Cynthia Gibney, executive director of SWS, the centre performed 4,508 tests between Sept. 15 and March 1. Some students have been tested more than once.

“Our on-campus testing is going extremely well, and the numbers are reflective of what we thought they would be in terms of demand,” Gibney wrote in a statement to The Journal.

Testing numbers vary significantly by week, according to Gibney. She said SWS saw “an increase” in booking when students returned from Reading Week.

“The on-campus testing centre has proven to be a very positive partnership with [Kingston Health Sciences Centre] that is both convenient for students and it has helped reduce the load on the KFL&A Public Health main testing centre,” she wrote.

Students can call 613-533-2506 to book an appointment at the centre Monday to Friday.


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