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28 Students at Western University Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

At least 28 students at Western University have tested positive for COVID-19 and the school has suspended most non-academic activities on campus.

LONDON - At least 28 students at Western University have tested positive for COVID-19. 

A new update was provided by the University this afternoon. Most of the cases involve students who live off campus. At least of the cases is from a student who lives in residence and is now in isolation.

The University is moving to Phase Three of their return to campus plan. This means that students will not be allowed to have in person student club meetings and events. All sports and recreation at the University will also be suspended until further notice.

Western President Alan Shepard says these numbers are very concerning and the university is working closely with the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) to isolate and prevent further spread of the virus.

“Creating community is one of Western’s strengths, and we know our students desperately want to have some on-campus experiences. But, unfortunately, this development means we will be limiting those experiences.”

On-campus classes will continue; approximately 25 per cent of courses have an in-person component. Residences remain open. Shepard adds that house parties put the community at great risk.

“We expect our students to comply with public health rules. We’re asking them not to host parties. Not to attend parties. Limiting social activities to your roommates and significant others will help stop the spread of the virus. Common sense is critical.”

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