Region of Waterloo Public Health has declared an outbreak at University of Waterloo Place (UWP) after three individuals living in the residence hall and two others who recently visited tested positive for COVID-19. The news comes shortly after the university’s announcement of plans to return to in-person learning this fall.
An emailed statement sent out on Mar. 25 states that the cause of the outbreak “appears to be a result of students ignoring our protocols for social safety.”
The university maintains strict policies to manage outbreaks of COVID-19, including cleaning and disinfection policies that exceed public health requirements and protocols prohibiting visitors from campus and residences.
Public health officials have reached out to all high-risk contacts of those who tested positive. The emailed statement advised those on campus to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and be tested if needed.
COVID-19 testing is available on campus and can be booked online here.