Queen’s Residences confirms 2 additional COVID-19 cases at Watts Hall

In a letter obtained by YGK News, Residence Life says that the impacted individuals were tested on-site today and are now isolating in their rooms. KFL&A Public Health will now carry out contact tracing.

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On Wednesday evening, Queen’s University Residences informed students that an additional two positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed at Watts Hall. The 2 cases are among 22 COVID-19 cases that were reported to Queen’s this week. 

In a letter obtained by YGK News, Residence Life says that the impacted individuals were tested on-site today and are now isolating in their rooms. KFL&A Public Health will now carry out contact tracing. 

“Most households that have been required to isolate have been able to do so in their own rooms and the isolation period has been quite brief, (typically 24-48 hours), due to quick turnaround times for test results,” said Residence Life in an email to residents on Wednesday evening. 

The university calls the current outbreak a “fluid” situation and may require that additional floors isolate. “Specifically, a number of off-campus cases were confirmed today, KFLAPH is still conducting contact tracing which may result in more isolation requirements tomorrow,” added Residence Life.

While Queen’s Residence Life thanked residents for limiting inappropriate social activity, they continued to urge residents to limit contact and avoid attending off-campus parties. 

The email noted several developments that have emerged following a surge in cases in the community. “KFLAPH also announced the extension of the Class Order pursuant to Section 22 of the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act, through to April 30, 2021 which limits indoor and outdoor gatherings to 5 people,” said Residence Life.

Additionally, the Queen’s ARC has closed their facilities and ceased operations for the time being. As of March 17th, there are 53 active cases in the KFL&A region.

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