SWS Updates

Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

All members of the Queen’s community are being asked to do their part to reduce the severity of the 2nd wave of COVID-19. As of October 2nd, 2020 the Province Ontario has paused social circles and public health recommendations include:

  • Keeping close contact only with people in your household & maintain physical distance of 2-meters with anyone else. People who live alone may consider having close contact with another household
  • Wearing a mask whenever you are unable to maintain physical distancing
  • Cleaning your hands with soap & water for 20 seconds often or using hand sanitizer when handwashing is not possible
  • Limiting unnecessary travel and outings.

If you experience any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e., answer yes to the self-assessment questions on the Ontario Health screening tool) make sure you self-isolate and get tested at a COVID-19 testing location. Students in Kingston can book an appointment at the Queen’s Satellite Assessment Centre located in Mitchell Hall, more info below. 


Queen's Satellite COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Queen’s has opened a satellite COVID-19 assessment centre in partnership with the Kingston Health Science Centre.

Booking an Appointment

Students who screen positive (i.e., answer yes to any of the self-assessment questions on the Ontario Health screening tool or the Queen’s SeQure app), can book an appointment by calling SWS at 613-533-2506.  Please be patient, the phones are busy.

  • Regular Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 1-8pm
  • Location: Mitchell Hall, Rose Event Commons Room (across from Student Wellness Centre)
  • Please wear a mask and bring your health card information
  • If the satellite centre is at capacity or closed, students can book an appointment online at the Kingston community Beechgrove location which is open daily from 9am-4pm.

Getting COVID-19 Test Results

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will get a phone call from KFL&A Public Health the day the results come in which may take up to 5 days.  They will give very clear instructions on next steps and contact students regularly to make sure they are okay.  If you have questions specific to isolation, please see the KFLA Public Health Website.

Students who test negative for COVID-19 will NOT get a phone call from KFL&A Public Health. 

  • Students from Ontario with an OHIP card can check their lab results online from the Ontario Ministry of Health
  • International and students from out of province are asked to wait 3-5 days after their test before calling SWS at 613-533-2506 to speak to the triage nurse for results

Increase in Drug-involved Overdoses in KFL&A Area

September 2nd, 2020: KFL&A Public Health is warning residents of a toxic batch of drugs circulating in the area. Increases in overdoses have been noted in emergency departments, 9-1-1 calls for overdoses, and local harm reduction programs. Initial reports indicate that in some cases, the substance consumed was cocaine. Fentanyl toxicity is suspected. For more information about support options, visit Public Health’s Getting Help page.