SFU says it's "not aware" of any coronavirus cases on campus

Mar 11 2020, 11:28 am

After a message was sent to students in the BISC 303 course at Simon Fraser University (SFU) informing them that “someone involved with the course has been in contact with a relative that has tested positive for COVID-19,” the school said it is “not aware” of any coronavirus cases “within our community at this time.”

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In a statement, SFU’s academic vice president, Dr. Jonathan Driver, said the notice had been brought to the school’s attention.

“We have checked with Fraser Heath and with the information that we have at this time, any risk of transmission from this particular individual would be extremely low or no risk,” said Driver, adding the individual has not been at SFU since March 3.

“Following that date, that individual did learn of a positive test result for a relative and has been in self-isolation since that time and is getting tested,” he said. “It’s important to know that this individual is not confirmed to have COVID-19 at this time and they did not have any symptoms when they attended the March 3 lab.”

As a precaution, however, “all common surface areas in that lab have been deep cleaned.”

Driver said school officials “realize that there is heightened concern about COVID-19,” and that they are “committed to protecting our students, faculty and staff and letting you know if there are any cases of COVID-19 among our community.”