COVID-19 outbreak in University of Guelph residence grows to 32

A COVID-19 outbreak in the University of Guelph’s residence has grown, with now at least 32 positive cases.

The university blames “unsanctioned social gatherings” that happened January 15 and 16.

“This is an upsetting and an unsettling situation and we are all very concerned,” said university president Charlotte Yates in a video posted Monday.

Yates said all students who have tested positive or are waiting for results are in isolation. The university is urging anyone who went to gatherings to isolate and get tested.

“As more test results come in, that number may continue to grow,” said Yates. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health confirmed the 32 cases as of Monday morning.

The university first announced the outbreak last Thursday, linking the cases to gatherings at the East Village Townhouses. It said it will increase enforcement on campus and in residences.

Yates said she is considering further measures, like a curfew, if necessary.

Guelph is the latest Ontario university to have an outbreak in its residences. Several residence students tested positive in outbreaks at the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and Western University in London.

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