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Positive case at University of Guelph’s Ridgetown campus

A student at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus has tested positive for COVID-19, Chatham-Kent Public Health confirmed.

Chatham-Kent Public Health said it has contacted all staff and students who have come in contact with the individual and advised them to get tested and isolate at home. 

“The health and safety of our staff, students and community are top priorities at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown campus,” the campus’ director Ken McEwan said in a news release. 

The student, who doesn’t reside in Chatham-Kent, is isolating at home.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Colby said a number of people were also isolated, with some test results pending.

“All of the tests that we have received so far are negative,” said Colby. “We probably have about 12 people isolated. That is an estimate.”

Since the student lives outside of the municipality, the case isn’t counted in the Chatham-Kent public health totals.

“This person is not a resident of Chatham-Kent,” said Colby. “That means they reside elsewhere, not within the boundaries of Chatham-Kent, but they attend the Ridgetown campus of Guelph University, and of course, being positive, they are now isolated.”

Because some classes are being taught online this semester, the on-campus student population has dropped by more than 50 percent.

The student who tested positive is taking a blend of online and face-to-face courses, McEwan added.

According to the school’s website, all students, staff, visitors and contractors are required to complete a screening form each day before coming onto campus.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News

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