Five University of Windsor students test positive for COVID-19 after Halloween party

Nov 11 2020, 6:45 pm

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has reported that “an unauthorized gathering” held in a student residence at the University of Windsor on Halloween has led to an outbreak of COVID-19.

Five students have since tested positive for coronavirus, and an additional 18 students are now self-isolating as a result of the outbreak.

“The University of Windsor has quickly taken the appropriate measures in cooperation with the Health Unit – there is no ongoing risk to the students at this time,” said Dr. Wajid Ahmed, WECHU’s Medical Officer of Health.

The health unit has yet to determine where the students contracted the virus prior to the gathering on Halloween.

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The university says that it has implemented extensive cleaning protocols and that the affected students have been moved to a separate building where they can isolate themselves.

“This is a strong reminder to our student community that we cannot become complacent with our protocols and guidelines during this pandemic. There is simply too much at stake and we need to be stringent now more than ever,” said the University of Windsor President and Vice-Chancellor Rob Gordon.
“We all need to be responsible and consider how our behaviour today may affect our friends, family, and members of the larger community tomorrow,” he added.

The University of Windsor has been following a remote learning model with most classes being held online throughout the semester, as the result of the pandemic.

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