The Middlesex-London Medical Unit has declared a second epidemic at a Western University student residence.
The health unit received a report Saturday that a third person at the University had tested positive for COVID-19 at the Perth Hall residence.
Three students and those who were in close contact were transferred to a quarantined location outside the residence.
The health unit said it also monitors all close case contacts to ensure they are being tested and quarantined. Western University said all 327 students living in Perth Hall were spotted.
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“We ask those living in the residence to limit their contacts as much as possible,” says Dr. Alex Summers, a medical associate at Middlesex-London Medical Unit.
“With the announcement of today’s outbreak, our case management team is continuing to investigate an epidemic reported earlier this week at another dormitory.”
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The health unit also recommends that students wear a mask when in any enclosed public space and be tested for COVID-19 if they begin to develop symptoms.
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Testing is available to students, faculty and staff at two London COVID-19 assessment centers and on campus at the West Student Recreation Center. For current hours and additional information, visit the Western COVID-19 Test Center.
“As we see COVID-19 case numbers increase across the province and the country, we know this can cause additional anxiety for our students in an already stressful period leading up to the exam period,” says Jennifer Massey, Western’s assistant vice president (Student Experience).
“Over the weekend, we have additional staff to help our students and answer any questions they or their families have.”
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The eruption in Perth is in addition to the one announced at the Saugeen-Maitland hall on Thursday.
So far, the health unit says eight residents have tested positive for the virus and are all isolating themselves “with the support of the Western administration”.
An epidemic was declared in West London Hall last month after four confirmed cases among residents.
The outbreak at London Hall has since been resolved.
An epidemic related to Western University was also declared on September 13, although in that case most of the initial five cases involved students living off-campus. Before the week passed, Sept. 17, a total of 28 COVID-19 cases involved Western university students, prompting stricter restrictions at the university.
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