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News release - Queen's updates status on COVID cases

Friday, September 25, 2020

Queen’s has today been advised by Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health of four new positive cases of COIVD-19 related to the Queen’s community, including one student who lives in residence.

KFL&A Public Health confirmed that the three students off-campus are self-isolating and following appropriate protocols; the student in residence is also in self-isolation and following appropriate protocols. The University is working closely with KFL&A Public Health, which is still investigating and will contact any close contacts of the positive cases.

Queen’s has detailed processes and protocols in place including the ability to manage case contact in residence, the ability to safely isolate and support people who suspect they have symptoms, as well as heightened safety and cleaning practices.

The university will continue to operate with a limited number of students, faculty and staff on campus. Information about our health and safety protocols is available publicly on our COVID-19 Information website. Our priority is the health and safety of everyone, including students, staff, faculty and the Kingston community.

It is good ongoing practice to self-monitor for COVID19 symptoms including but not limited to fever, difficulty breathing, and new or worsening cough and to follow precautionary public health measures, including the use of a face covering, physical distancing, frequent hand washing, and staying home when sick. Our students are encouraged to download the Queen’s SeQure App and/or the COVID Alert app to aid in contact tracing.

Students in residence should continue to self-monitor and familiarize themselves with the COVID19- Residence Student Isolation Protocol. All other students and staff should continue to self-monitor and if experiencing symptoms utilize assessment toolCOVID-19 Information website

Contacts for students and families:

Queen’s tracks the number of cases of COVID-19 reported at Queen’s.

COVID-19 testing options on campus:

  • Campus COVID-19 Assessment Centre (Mitchell Hall, Rose Event Commons Room across from Student Wellness Centre): For students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, who have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days, or who need testing due to contact tracing. Open Monday to Friday, 5pm-8pm, by appointment. Contact Student Wellness Services at 613.533.2506 to book.

KFL&A Public Health Update:

Given the recent increase in cases in KFL&A, KFL&A Public Health has raised the community status to yellow.  The yellow community status level of COVID-19 indicates the region has a few active positive cases, less than two active outbreaks, full local hospital capacity, cases and contacts are being reached within 24 hours of notification of positive test results, and there is high testing capacity (community swabbing has increased).

Health related inquiries:

Non-health related inquires

  • Students in need of support should access Student Wellness Services, or the 24/7 crisis and counselling services available through Empower Me at 1-844-741-6389 (learn more about Empower Me), and Good2Talk, a provincial 24/7 post-secondary student helpline, at 1-866-925-5454.
  • The Division of Student Affairs provides information for Queen's parents, families, and supporters.

Additional COVID-19 resources:

Precautionary measures and guidelines can be found on the KFLAPH website