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Algonquin College reports first case of COVID-19 on campus

The school and Ottawa Public Health are looking at whether this could have been a case of community transfer.
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Algonquin College sign, January 2020. Dani-Elle Dubé/

An Algonquin College student, who has been on its campus, is COVID-19-positive.

The school's president Claude Brulé issued a letter Wednesday, explaining that the student is self-isolating.

"The college is working directly with Ottawa Public Health (OPH) to assist them in contact tracing," writes Brulé. "Any members of the college community who may be directly impacted by this will be contacted accordingly."

The president says areas of the campus that the student may have visited are being identified, and necessary cleaning and disinfecting measures are being applied.

The school and OPH are looking into whether this is a case of community transfer.

"I have full confidence in our campus health and safety plans and campus access procedures," says Brulé. "COVID-19 cases have been documented at other post-secondary institutions in Ottawa and across Canada, and we could face additional isolated cases amidst our own population in the days, weeks and months ahead."

The president is asking all students and community members to "do their part to curb such instances by strictly adhering to public health regulations."


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