Sep. 28, 2020
I’m writing to advise you that students in residence have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last four days, bringing the total number of cases affecting Queen’s to 13. I’m sure the number of cases involving Queen’s students is very concerning to all of you, as it is to me. I am confident that we can face this challenge by working together to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
Maintaining a healthy and safe environment is everyone’s responsibility. You all need to hold yourselves and each other accountable. I know many students are adhering to public health guidelines and government regulations, and I appreciate your diligence in helping to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Below are the steps you must take to help prevent community transmission:
- Keep your social circle small. As recommended by the Ontario guidelines, you are expected to establish a family or social circle of no more than 10 people who can interact with one another without physical distancing.
- When you are in contact with individuals from outside of your social circle, practice physical distancing (staying 2 metres away from others) and wear a mask where you cannot physically distance.
- Adhere to provincial limitations on the size on private gatherings, which as of September 28 is 10 people at an indoor gathering and 25 people at an outdoor gathering. If you are attending a gathering with people from outside your social circle, you should practice physical distancing and/or wear a mask.
- Clean your hands frequently to maintain hand hygiene.
- Get tested if you think you have any symptoms of COVID-19. Queen’s students can book an appointment at the on-campus COVID-19 Assessment Centre by calling Student Wellness Services at 613.533.2506.
- Under the Class Order pursuant to Section 22 of the Ontario Health Protection Act, self-isolation is mandatory for individuals in the Kingston region who: a) are identified as a person diagnosed with COVID-19, b) have the signs or symptoms of COVID-19, have similar signs or symptoms, or who have tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results, c) otherwise have reasonable grounds to believe they have symptoms of COVID-19, or d) are a close contact of a person identified in (a) or by KFL&A Public Health.
- Students in residence must adhere to the expectations as outlined in the Residence Community Standards, the Residence isolation protocol, as well as additional directives as they are communicated.
I realize that social connection is particularly important for individuals in your age group, but you must engage in social activities safely. This is about the health and safety of yourself, your friends, and your community. We are all counting on you to do your part.
Provost & Vice-Principal (Academic)