COVID-19 outbreak declared in Laurier’s Clara Conrad residence hall


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Region of Waterloo Public Health has declared an outbreak in two floors of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Clara Conrad Hall residence on the Waterloo campus.

“The university is taking direction about the management of this outbreak from public health, including supporting the contact tracing and isolation of individuals in a specialized quarantine residence building established for this purpose,” read the statement, released on Oct. 13. 

Public Health has directed all the residents who have tested positive on the designated two floors of Clara Conrad Hall to isolate for the next two weeks. Anyone identified as a high-risk close contact with the individuals will be notified by public health officials. 

“The health and well being of our students and the Kitchener-Waterloo community are our primary concern,” Ivan Joseph, Laurier’s Vice-President: Student Affairs said in the statement.

“We will continue to work closely with public health officials to manage this outbreak and to do everything we can to prevent the further spread of the virus.” 

On Oct. 11, the school had confirmed three positive cases in Clara Conrad Hall, bringing the total number of cases among Laurier students to 15. 

According to Laurier’s official COVID-19 case tracker, there have been a total of 15 positive cases among Laurier students, with four of those cases being among those who live on campus. 

Updates to come. 

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