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Multiple Students Quarantined After COVID-19 Outbreak Was Declared At Western Residence

Students have been moved to a special quarantine location.

Multiple students are now in quarantine after a University of Western Ontario COVID-19 outbreak was declared on Thursday. 

According to a press release from Western, eight students, who were living in the Saugeen-Maitland Hall residence, have tested positive for the disease so far. 

Those who have tested positive, and those who have come in close contact, have been moved to a special quarantine location.  

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8 students who tested positive so far

Transportation, meals and mental health services will be made available for those students. 

"The health and safety of our students and the campus community is our top priority,” Chris Alleyne, Western’s associate vice-president of housing and ancillary services said. 

Middlesex-London Health Unit is also reminding residents of the importance of wearing a mask during this time. 

"This outbreak highlights the need to limit close contact to only those within your dorm room, maintain two metres physical distance from all others, wear a mask in all indoor public spaces and stay in your room or suite if you feel unwell," says Medical Officer of Health Dr. Chris Mackie

However, this isn't the first time that an outbreak has been declared at the university. 

Multiple clusters of students have been testing positive since school has started. 

Toronto Public Health reports that three schools in Toronto have been dismissed because of COVID-19 as of November 23.

TPH tweeted out new statistics regarding COVID-19 in schools and child care settings at 10 a.m. on November 24.

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