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Queen’s University student diagnosed with COVID-19

A member of the Queen's University "community" has been diagnosed with COVID-19, says the university principal. Global News

A member of the “Queen’s community” has been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to a statement from Queen’s University principal Patrick Deane.

The university would not divulge if the person who caught the novel coronavirus was a student or a staff member, nor would they comment on whether the person was recently at the university.

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“Privacy prevents us from sharing personal details of the individual in question, but KFL&A Public Health is aware and involved with the case,” Deane said.

But Dr. Kieran Moore, medical officer for health for KFL&A Public Health, confirmed the infected individual was a student.

Moore said the student is currently at home self-isolating.

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Moore said he believes the student caught the disease in the community.

Well, we know that they had a positive contact in the community and that it was not another student. It was through a community contact, and the investigation is ongoing.”

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Deane said KFL&A Public Health is following up with the student’s close-contacts, and that the university had reached out to offer their support.

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The university, along with St. Lawrence College, cancelled classes over the March break week in order to give teachers and students time to prepare to finish their semesters online.

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On March 16, the university advised all students who could leave the campus do so. They also advised faculty to stay home.

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Nevertheless, Queen’s did not order their students to leave residences.

“We are not, however, requiring people to leave,” Deane said in a statement released mid-March. “We understand not everyone has that option and we will continue to strive to keep required services in order to support those that must remain.”

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Only essential staff are supposed to be on campus until April 5.

Queen’s list of essential employees are as follows:

  • Housing and residence operations and food services supporting residences
  • Operations related to health care delivery or the delivery of services in the Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Veterinary care
  • The central heating plant
  • Required building support, including custodial and maintenance services
  • Campus security and emergency services
  • Postal services
  • Key ITS and communication infrastructure
  • Certain research labs, including products and services that support research activities
  • Key services, such as payroll, pension and finance, that may require individuals to attend campus
  • Construction projects and services
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