Queen’s University Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane has confirmed that a member of the Queen’s University community has tested positive for COVID-19.
“The University has recently learned that one of our community members in Kingston has tested positive for COVID-19. With the number of cases in Canada, and Ontario, rising so quickly, the appearance of a case in our community was inevitable,” said Deane in a letter to the Queen’s community.
The announcement did not divulge whether the case involves a student, staff member, or faculty member. “Privacy prevents us from sharing personal details of the individual in question, but KFL&A Public Health is aware and involved with the case. The affected individual has been put on self-isolation and is being monitored. KFL&A Public Health is investigating and following up with close contacts of this individual. We have also reached out to offer our support,” said Deane.
“Unfortunately, we know this will not be the only case to appear in our community. By now, you should all be aware of the efforts being made across the country and throughout our community to exercise physical distancing to flatten the curve of infection,” Deane continued.
“While not unexpected, this news is nevertheless unsettling, and I remind you all that there are supports in place…I am also confident that we have taken the steps that we need to protect our community, by establishing remote course delivery for students and where possible, our employees are working from home. In addition, we have instituted physical distancing and other infection control practices amongst those employees who need to continue to work on campus. All of these measures are intended to flatten the curve on the rate of infection throughout our community.”
As of April 1, 2020, the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington area had 46 confirmed cases of COVID-19. For regular updates on the status of COVID-19 in the Kingston community, please see the Kingstonist COVID-19 Quick Reference Guide, updated daily.