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15 cases now linked to COVID-19 outbreak at Wilfrid Laurier University

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The COVID-19 outbreak at Wilfrid Laurier University has continued to grow since it was first announced Tuesday.

Initially, there were seven cases connected with the outbreak but that number jumped to 13 on Wednesday before reaching 15 on Thursday.

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When the school made the announcement, it said the outbreak affected two floors of the Clara Conrad Hall residence on the university’s Waterloo campus.

Four of the initial seven cases involved students who lived on the two floors.

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The region’s top doctor said Tuesday those four cases, along with three others, were all connected.

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“They are considered linked because all seven likely acquired their infection participating in one of multiple study groups held off campus,” said Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, the region’s acting medical officer of health.

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All students who resided on the two floors of Clara Conrad Hall were directed to isolate for two weeks, according to WLU.

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The school said Waterloo Public Health officials would contact anyone else who was considered a high-risk contact.

On Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson for Waterloo Public Health told Global News that the outbreak has been expanded to a third floor of Clara Conrad Hall.