Another COVID-19 outbreak declared at student residence

Western University. (File Photo by Victoria Sartor,

The Middlesex-London Health Unit has declared another COVID-19 outbreak at a Western University student residence after three people tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

This is the second outbreak to be declared on campus this week after eight people previously tested positive for COVID-19.

Public health officials said on Saturday, the three confirmed cases in the Perth Hall residence are currently in self-isolation with the support of Western’s administration.

Contact tracing is underway and those that did have direct contact will be told to quarantine and get tested.

“We continue to work with Western’s administration closely to provide guidance and support in order to limit further spread of the virus on campus. We are asking those who live in residence to limit their contacts as much as possible,” said Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Alex Summers. “In addition to the declaration of today’s outbreak, our case management team is continuing to investigate the outbreak declared earlier this week at another student residence.”

Public health officials are advising students to get tested if they develop symptoms and to continue wearing masks while in indoor public spaces.

Aside from the two COVID-19 assessment centres in London, testing is also available to students and staff on campus at the Western Student Recreation Centre.

The health unit confirmed 11 new COVID-19 cases in London and Middlesex County on Saturday.