St. Lawrence College confirms second case of COVID-19

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St. Lawrence College (SLC) confirmed Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 that a second student in a program at the Kingston campus has tested positive for COVID-19. According to the college, this case is believed to be unrelated to a previous one reported last week. The new case is currently under investigation by Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health.

“In order to respect the privacy and maintain confidentiality of our student’s medical information, the College can only confirm they were on our campus on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 and sought a COVID-19 test because they felt ill,” said a statement on SLC’s website. “The College has taken recommended precautions and extensive cleaning of spaces where the student may have been were conducted.”

Following established protocols, SLC said they are continuing to work closely with KFL&A Public Health. “Not everyone who was on campus last week needs to fear they have been exposed to the virus. Individuals who were in close contact with the affected person and are deemed at risk are being notified by KFL&A Public Health directly.”

KFL&A Public Health reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, bringing the confirmed number of active cases in the region to 36. Kingston’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, said he expects the Province of Ontario to move the region into the Yellow community pandemic status on Friday.

Samantha Butler-Hassan, Local Journalism Initiative

Samantha Butler-Hassan is a staff writer and life-long Kingston resident. She is a news junkie and mom who loves reading and exploring the community. This article has been made possible with the support of the Local Journalism Initiative.

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