SWS Updates

For the latest on the impact of the pandemic at the university, please visit the Queen’s COVID-19 Information website.

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

Booking an Appointment

The KHSC satellite COVID-19 assessment centre located at Mitchell Hall offers COVID-19 testing to students from Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm.  HOLIDAY HOURS: closed Friday April 2nd & open Mon Apr. 5th, 2021.

Testing is available to Queen’s students who have travelled outside the region (i.e., beyond Hastings, Prince Edward, Leeds, Grenville, or Lanark counties), have had visitors from outside the region, have moved to the region in the last 14 days, or who require testing for contact tracing purposes, even if asymptomatic.

To book an appointment, please call Student Wellness Services at 613-533-2506. Students may also access daytime and evening appointments at Beechgrove.  For more information and to book online visit KHSC community assessment centre.

Getting COVID-19 Test Results

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will get a phone call from KFL&A Public Health when results come in. They will give very clear instructions on next steps and contact students every day to make sure they are okay. If you have questions specific to isolation, please contact Public Health.

Students who test negative for COVID-19 will NOT get a phone call from KFL&A Public Health and it can take up to 48 hours to receive results.

  • 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
    • If you were tested at Mitchell Hall, call SWS at 613-533-2506
    • If you were tested at Beechgrove, call KHSC at 613-548-3232 or toll free 1-800-567-5722
    • If you are currently living in Residence, call KFL&A Public Health at 613-549-1232 dial 4

All members of the Queen’s community are being asked to do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Public health recommendations include:

  • Keeping close contact only with people in your household, and maintaining physical distance of 2-meters with anyone else. People who live alone may consider having close contact with another household
  • Wearing a face covering
  • Cleaning your hands with soap & water for 20 seconds often or using hand sanitizer when handwashing is not possible

Visit the KFL&A Public Health website to get all of the most up-to-date prevention recommendations.

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), 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 by calling 613-533-2506.


Risk of Drug-Induced Overdoses Remains High in KFL&A

December 10th, 2020: KFL&A Public Health is warning residents of a toxic batch of drugs circulating in the area resulting in an increase in overdose-related 9-1-1 calls. Initial reports indicate that drugs may be contaminated with fentanyl which may be appear greenish grey, purple or colourless making it undetectable. Fentanyl is a potent opioid which may need multiple doses of naloxone to reverse an overdose. Other non-opioid drugs like etizolam may also be in the local drug supply.

Anyone who suspects or witnesses an overdose should call 9-1-1. The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides some legal protection against simple drug possession charges for anyone who experiences, witnesses or responds to an overdose and calls 9-1-1.

Public Health urges all people who use drugs to not mix drugs, do test amounts,; and to have a naloxone kit. Using drugs alone is a major risk factor for experiencing a fatal overdose and is not recommended even with the risk of COVID-19. Instead practice physical distancing or connect virtually with someone that can call for help. People can also use the Overdose Prevention Line, an anonymous, non-judgemental support line available 24/7 in Ontario to have someone on the line while you use drugs.
For more information about support options, visit Public Health’s Getting Help page.