In the past week, there have been two clusters of COVID-19 cases within the Queen’s student community. One cluster involves a variant of concern.

Due to the increased transmissibility of the variant of concern, the University, in cooperation with KFL&A Public Health, is strongly encouraging students who have been in close contact with someone outside their household without wearing a face covering or physical distancing, to get tested during the next two weeks, even if they are not experiencing symptoms.

The KHSC satellite COVID-19 assessment centre located in Mitchell Hall, is regularly open to test students from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, and will be running extended hours until 8:30 pm, now through March 19, inclusive. Appointments can be booked by calling Student Wellness Services at 613-533-2506. Evening appointments (4 pm - 8:30 pm) can also be booked online.

The COVID-19 assessment centre at the Beechgrove Complex at 51 Heakes Lane, Kingston, is also available. It is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm, by appointment only.

Working or Volunteering in the community
Anyone in the Queen’s community who is volunteering or working in the community is asked to ensure they are familiar with and follow all applicable public health protocols as identified by their volunteer organization or employer. If you are not sure of the applicable protocols or have questions, you should reach out to your employer or volunteer organization for details.

Travel and other precautions
Recent cases of COVID-19 variants of concern in Kingston can be linked to travel outside the region. As previously communicated, the university is requesting that students, staff, and faculty who have travelled or need to travel outside the KFL&A, Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, and Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark region, or who have had visitors from outside the region, self-isolate for 14 days.

KFL&A Public Health reminds everyone to avoid gatherings with others outside their own household. If people need to interact with individuals outside their household they are reminded to use face coverings, physical distance, and follow all current public health guidelines.

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