Positive case of COVID-19 in Queen’s University residence

Brant House on Queen’s University Campus.

A student who lives in residence at Queen’s University has tested positive for COVID-19.

Queen’s has been advised by Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health of this case and the student is self-isolating, stated a release from Queen’s University on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.

Appropriate response protocols have been implemented and the University is working closely with KFL&A Public Health, which is still investigating and will contact any close contacts of the positive case.

According to a letter addressed to residents of Brant House, a residence student from the 4th floor of Brant House has entered isolation for a positive case of COVID-19.

Those identified as close contacts of the student will be reached out to directly and required to self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19 immediately, the letter continued.

The legitimacy of the letter was confirmed with Queen’s Residence staff.

If students develop symptoms they are asked to report them immediately, by telephoning the Victoria Hall front desk at 613-533-2531, get tested, and self-isolate immediately.

Queen’s has detailed processes and protocols in place including the ability to manage case contact in residence, the ability to safely isolate and support people who suspect they have symptoms, as well as heightened safety and cleaning practices, according to the release. Much of this information is available publicly on their COVID-19 website.

In the release, Queen’s said, “Our priority is the health and safety of everyone, including students, staff, faculty and the Kingston community. It is good ongoing practice to self-monitor for COVID19 symptoms including but not limited to fever, difficulty breathing, and new or worsening cough and to follow precautionary public health measures, including the use of a face covering, physical distancing, frequent hand washing, and staying home when sick. Our students are encouraged to download the Queen’s SeQure App and/or the COVID Alert app to aid in contact tracing. Further information on what to do is available on the COVID-19 Information website.”

COVID-19 testing options on campus:

Campus COVID-19 Assessment Centre (Mitchell Hall, Rose Event Commons Room across from Student Wellness Centre): For students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, who have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days, or who need testing due to contact tracing. Open Monday to Friday, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., by appointment. Contact Student Wellness Services at 613.533.2506 to book a visit.

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