Brock University COVID-19 outbreak linked to ‘student social activities’: officials

TORONTO – A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Brock University and officials say students’ social activities in the previous week could be the cause.

In one Press release published Friday, Niagara Region Public Health said there were at least 12 cases of the novel coronavirus linked to the outbreak in student residences.

The first case at the school was reported on Wednesday and that number rose to 10 on Thursday.

At that time, and with the support of the local public health unit, Brock University moved from stage 2 (control / red) to its own color coded frame in step 1 (lock / gray).

As a result, the few classes that were offered in person on campus are now online until at least April 5. In addition, the school’s common areas and sports facilities were closed.

“This epidemic appears to have focused specifically on the social activities of students during the previous week,” the statement said. “Public health is currently tracing contacts and ensuring that all people who may have been exposed are informed and receive appropriate counseling regarding testing and isolation. “

Officials said a number of students living at Brock University are now isolated on campus in self-contained quarantine residence units.

They say they are convinced that the confirmed cases will have no impact on a COVID-19 vaccination site, which Brock University will host from April 2.

Joel C. Hicks