Queen’s reports 26 active cases, encourages testing

Evening COVID-19 tests can be booked through new online portal

There have been two clusters of COVID-19 cases in the Queen’s student community in the past week, including an outbreak in Watts Hall and a group of positive cases off campus. 
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Queen’s is reporting 26 active cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning, including 10 in residence and 16 off campus.

There has been one new case of COVID-19 at Queen’s during the week of March 15-21 so far, according to the University’s case tracker.

There have been two clusters of COVID-19 cases in the Queen’s student community in the past week, including an outbreak in Watts Hall and a group of positive cases off campus. Since Queen’s declared the outbreak in residence, 10 students living in residence and 10 living off campus have tested positive for the virus.

The cluster associated with the outbreak also involves a variant of concern.

An additional five cases were identified prior to the outbreak.

In a March 15 email to students, the University, in collaboration with Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health, said it’s “strongly encouraging” students who have been in close contact with someone outside of their household without wearing a face covering or physical distancing to get tested during the next two weeks.

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These students are encouraged to get tested even if they aren’t experiencing symptoms because the variant of concern is more easily transmitted.

The COVID-19 satellite assessment centre in Mitchell Hall is operating on extended hours until March 19. Students can book testing appointments from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Appointments can be booked by calling Student Wellness Services; however, evening appointments—4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.—can also be booked through a new online portal.

A total of 125 cases have been identified at Queen’s since Aug. 31, including 20 in residence buildings and 105 off-campus.

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There are 32 active cases in the KFL&A region. Since the pandemic was declared last March, there have been 775 cases, including 18 confirmed variant of concern cases and one death.

The University also said the recent cases of COVID-19 variants of concern in Kingston can be linked to travel outside the region. Students, staff, and faculty who have travelled outside of the KFL&A, Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, and Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark region, or who have had visitors from outside the region, should self-isolate for 14 days.

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