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McMaster University grad student on campus tests positive for coronavirus

McMaster University says a graduate student on campus has tested positive for COVID-19.
McMaster University says a graduate student on campus has tested positive for COVID-19. Lisa Polewski / Global News

A McMaster University graduate student on campus in Hamilton, Ont., has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

In an update on the school’s website, McMaster says “all areas where the student was on campus have been thoroughly cleaned and are open for normal operations.”

No information has been shared as to when or where the student was on campus, nor does McMaster say when the grad student tested positive for COVID-19.

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The update says the student, in this case, notified the university quickly after testing positive and that Hamilton Public Health is managing contact tracing and will contact anyone who would be part of the tracing.

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The university is also reminding all faculty and staff that they must complete a COVID-19 screening tool within one hour of any expected arrival at a McMaster facility and to follow any advice the screening provides.

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It adds that all employees and students who have a need to be on campus must also complete a mandatory online module in advance of attending a McMaster facility.

McMaster is advising students, faculty and staff that if they feel ill, they must not attend a McMaster facility and should instead seek medical advice.

Hamilton reports 11 new COVID-19 cases

Hamilton public health reported 11 more cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The city now has 999 total positive cases since the pandemic began.

Sixty-four per cent of Hamilton’s new coronavirus cases in the last 10 days have come from people under the age of 30.

On Tuesday, public health reported that 42 per cent of its 36 recent cases came from residents aged 10 to 19.

The city has 81 active cases of the virus, with roughly 81 per cent (29) of new cases in the last 10 days still under investigation with no source of the spread yet confirmed.

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The city has no current institutional outbreaks as of Sep. 1 and 45 deaths connected to COVID-19 since March.

Niagara Region reports one new COVID-19 case

Niagara public health reported one new COVID-19 case on Tuesday. The region has 939 total cases as of Sep 1.

The region has 14 active cases and two outbreaks, including an institutional outbreak at the Garrison Place Retirement home in Fort Erie, declared Aug 27.

Sixty-four people with COVID-19 have died in Niagara since the pandemic began.

Haldimand-Norfolk reports no new COVID-19 cases

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The region has a total of 479 lab-confirmed, positive cases.

Officials say 424 of those patients have since recovered.

The region has 32 COVID-19-connected deaths, with 27 among residents at Anson Place Care Centre, a nursing home in Hagersville.

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There are currently 24 active cases in the region.

Brant County reports two new COVID-19 cases

Brant County’s health unit reported two new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

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The region has 163 confirmed cases as of Sep 1.

Since the pandemic began, five deaths have been connected to the new coronavirus.

There are no current outbreaks in the region and the county has nine active COVID-19 cases.

Halton Region reports three new COVID-19 cases, new outbreak at home

On Tuesday, Halton public health reported three new COVID-19 cases, with two coming from Milton and the other from Oakville.

The region also has a new institutional outbreak at the Northridge long-term care home on Postridge Drive in Oakville, which was declared on Monday.

As of Sep. 1, the region has 27 active cases and a total of 981 cases since the pandemic began.

The region still has 25 deaths tied to COVID-19 as of Tuesday.

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