A student who has attended McMaster University has been put into “self-isolation” after showing flu-like symptoms upon returning from a trip to Europe. The student, who had travelled to Italy, was reportedly on campus for a full week before being isolated. The university is now undergoing extra cleaning precautions across the campus.
UPDATE: The McMaster student's tests for the coronavirus have come back negative.
EARLIER: According to the university, the student visited the Burke Science Building on February 25 after returning back from their trip.
"While health officials have said that regular cleaning should suffice, as a precaution, McMaster is undertaking extra cleaning on level one and all public spaces,” reads a statement on McMaster’s website.
The school also reported that they are still awaiting test results, which are expected to come early in the week.
If it is confirmed that the student has the virus, public health officials will act quickly to contact those who may have come in contact with them.
“We are a community, and we think now is the time for an abundance of caution,” explained Roger Couldrey, McMaster’s vice-president Administration. “We believe this is what our students, their parents, and our employees would want us to do.”
“It is important that people have the confidence that the area is clean,” added Couldrey. “We would rather err on the side of caution until we receive confirmation about the student.”
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Narcity has reached out to McMaster for further information but has yet to hear back.
Ontario health officials confirmed four new cases of the coronavirus over the weekend. According to CBC, the cases involved three middle-aged to elderly men and one woman in her 70s.
The most recent cases were diagnosed in the York region, while the female patient was confirmed in Toronto.
“At this time, the virus is not circulating locally. However, given the global circumstances, Ontario is actively working with city and health partners to plan for the potential of local spread," reads an Ontario Government press release.
"The province continues to carefully monitor this situation and encourage residents to stay informed by regularly reviewing credible information sources.”
Currently, Canada has issued travel advisories for parts of northern Italy as confirmed cases of the coronavirus continue to rise.