Oct. 15, 2020
Wilfrid Laurier University has been notified that six additional students living in Clara Conrad residence on the Waterloo campus have been diagnosed with COVID-19. All six of these cases are connected with the outbreak declared by Region of Waterloo Public Health on October 12. As part of their ongoing management of this outbreak, Public Health has added a third floor of the residence to the outbreak and required all students living on that floor to self-isolate.
Laurier has also been notified of three additional confirmed cases in residence buildings: one in Waterloo College Hall, one in King’s Court, and one in 260 Regina. These cases are being investigated by public health officials.
The identities of the individuals affected by these cases are protected by privacy legislation and will not be shared. All individuals affected are being monitored by Public Health and are in self-isolation either at home or in a separate residence building designated for isolation purposes.
The university is taking direction about the management of these cases from public health, including supporting the contact tracing and isolation of individuals in a specialized quarantine residence building established for this purpose. Anyone identified as being a high-risk close contact with the individuals will be notified by public health officials directly.
Laurier’s priority is the safety of students, staff and faculty. The Laurier community can rest assured the university has in place rigorous protocols for sanitizing and cleaning campus areas since the beginning of the pandemic. In addition, all members of the Laurier community are reminded to follow public health guidelines and on-campus safety protocols to protect themselves and others from the spread of the virus.
Everyone can do their part to prevent the spread of COVID by avoiding gatherings, staying physically distant and wearing a mask when required. For updates and more information on Laurier’s COVID-19 response and for information about how to prevent the spread of COVID, visit wlu.ca/recovery.
Wilfrid Laurier University will continue to provide updates to the community as we receive reports of confirmed COVID-19 cases among employees or students who may have been on a Laurier campus. We will not be reporting suspected cases or cases in employees or students that have not been on campus.
Region of Waterloo Public Health publishes the number of cases associated with the declared outbreak, including cases off campus. As a result, Laurier’s reported numbers will differ from those reported by public health.
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