March 18, 2021
Today, Region of Waterloo Public Health released information about a large cluster of COVID cases resulting from social gatherings held in private residences off-campus between March 4 and March 7. At this time, the cluster includes 23 confirmed cases, one probable case, and an additional 19 individuals who are high risk contacts.
A number of these cases involved university students from both Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. More information about the cluster is available through the Region's notice.
“It is disappointing to learn that some students have been putting themselves, their friends and families at risk by attending off-campus gatherings,” said Ivan Joseph, vice-president: student affairs at Laurier. “This is unacceptable behavior that puts the health of friends, roommates, family, and the broader community at risk.”
“Where we have found that students have violated provincial laws and put the health and safety of others at risk, there will be consequences under Laurier’s Non-Academic Student Code of Conduct,” Joseph added.
Wilfrid Laurier University’s top priority is to keep its students, faculty and staff safe and prevent the spread of Covid-19. Laurier will continue to work closely with Waterloo Region Public Health officials to provide regular updates regarding any cases that have the potential to affect the health and safety of our community.
Laurier tracks and reports on confirmed COVID-19 cases among employees or students who may have been on a Laurier campus. In the last 14 days, there have been eight COVID cases among students, six of whom live in a number of Laurier residence buildings.
All students who tested positive are in self-isolation, and there has been no indication to date of virus spread within Laurier’s residence buildings. The university will continue to take all possible steps to protect the health of residents.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Laurier has continually provided clear direction to students on how to stay safe and on how to protect others based on guidance from public health officials. The university has encouraged students to make smart choices and not engage in some of the most risky behaviours, such as house parties and backyard parties. For more information about Laurier’s COVID safety protocols, visit wlu.ca/coronavirus.
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