COVID-19 outbreak declared within Queen’s varsity sports community

Queen’s University has suspended all varsity training until further notice after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared among those participating in varsity sports at the University.

The Main Gym at Queen’s University’s Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) on the University’s campus. Photo via Queen’s Gaels.

The outbreak was declared on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. The University said that the outbreak is “not directly related to sports competition or on-campus facilities.”

“Those considered high risk contacts have been contacted by KFL&A Public Health and are following proper public health protocols,” Queen’s University said in a statement.

“Everyone involved in varsity sports at Queen’s is fully vaccinated, however, the university has suspended all varsity training until further notice. All student athletes, coaches and training staff have been reminded to follow current public health guidelines, conduct regular screenings, and to stay home if they feel symptomatic.”

The University said that protocols are in place to continue to manage the ongoing pandemic, and that it is “working closely with KFL&A Public Health to keep the campus and Kingston community safe.”

“In anticipation of increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases throughout the KFL&A region, the university will be announcing enhanced campus-wide precautions in an effort to reduce the risk of further cases appearing within the campus community,” Queen’s said.

Queen’s is now reporting 35 cases of COVID-19 reported from within the University community for the week of December 6 to 12, 2021. That number rose by 24 new cases today, up from nine. The University solely reports the cases that have been reported within the Queen’s community over week-long time periods, so it is possible that cases listed in the last week or two have resolved, and that cases listed last week or two still remain active. For the week of November 29 to December 5, 2021, the University states that 11 cases of COVID-19 were reported from within the Queen’s community. For the week of November 22 to 28, the University states that 23 casesof COVID-19 were reported from within the Queen’s community.

According to the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health COVID-19 dashboard, the outbreak within the varsity sports community was officially declared on Tuesday, Dec.7, 2021, and involves 10 cases, all of which are currently active.

For the new COVID-19 modified guidelines for Queens Athletic and Recreation Centre (ARC) announced by Queens Athletics and Recreation on Wednesday, Dec. 8,2021, click here.

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