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COVID-19 outbreak declared at University of Waterloo residence

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A COVID-19 outbreak was declared at a residence on the University of Waterloo campus on Monday.

The school says Waterloo Public Health informed the university that two people have tested positive at Claudette Miller Hall.

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“These two cases are close contacts of an individual who tested positive on Nov. 5,” Waterloo said in a statement.

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“All three individuals are self-isolating in dedicated residence suites. Our residence life team (is) supporting the students affected.”

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The school says Waterloo Public Health is contacting all of those who are considered to be at high risk of contracting the virus.

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There have been seven positive tests for the coronavirus among staff and students from the university.

This is the second outbreak at a post-secondary institution in Waterloo Region.

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An outbreak was declared in a residence at Wilfrid Laurier after seven students tested positive in connection with off-campus study groups.

The outbreak eventually spread to 19 people before it was declared to be over on Oct. 25.