Confirmed COVID-19 Cases at Queen’s Approaching 500 in Past Two Weeks

On Wednesday, Queen’s added an additional 193 cases to its COVID-19 tracker for the week of December 13-19. There are now nearly 500 cases related to the outbreak at Queen’s University.

In addition to an outbreak in 5 dormitories, KFL & A Public Health confirmed that there has been an additional outbreak at the Gordon-Brockington House dormitory. There are currently 6 active cases associated with the outbreak.

Queen’s University and public health officials across the country acknowledged this week that a large number of cases are related to a college sports outbreak that began Dec. 8.

Officials are now linking the outbreak to a broader outbreak within universities across the country.

On Tuesday, British Columbia Provincial Health Official Dr. Bonnie Henry told reporters that there had been an outbreak of COVID-19 cases at the University of Victoria. The cases involved Omicron and Delta variants.

At the same time, Dr. Henry said, “The introduction of Omicron (was) related to a rugby tournament, which has unfortunately extended Omicron to college communities across the country.” The tournament took place between November 24 and 28.

On the same day, Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief physician, said there is “a possibility” that the Dalhousie University men’s rugby team has brought the COVID-19 variant to the province.

In response, Queen’s University issued the following statement: “The health and safety of our community is our primary concern, and we have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases in our student population. KFL & A Public Health does all the contact tracing and has started testing several suspected cases to confirm if any are the Omicron variant that has been identified in the KFL & A region. ” The university added that it supports public health efforts to limit any identified spread. and “recently introduced improved precautions to our already rigorous protocols that exist to keep our community safe. ”They also say they suspended all varsity activities once an outbreak was declared.

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