Western University halts its activities as the number of COVID-19 cases on campus rises
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“Creating a community is one of the strengths of the West, and we know that our students desperately want some experiences on campus. But, unfortunately, this development means that we will limit those experiences.”
The university said in a statement Thursday that classes on campus are continuing.
On Thursday, 11 new cases come across London and Middlesex during the first week of back to school for thousands of local children, and days after officials announced the COVID-19 outbreak linked to Western students and the downtown pubs scene.
The two COVID-19 assessment centers in London, and the on-campus mobile unit at Western, have been inundated with record formations since the weekend, resulting in long waiting times and early closures.
The Assessment Center at Uchridge Arena broke the visitor record on Wednesday, with 404 people watching. The site at the Carling Heights Center for Community Optimism has seen 425 people, the second-highest daily total for the epidemic.
The 11 new cases bring the total number of COVID-19 cases in London and Middlesex County to 776 since the first case was reported in late January. Of these cases, 40 remain active, and all others are “resolved”.
No COVID-19 death has been reported in the London area since June 12, when a woman in her 90s linked to a nursing home became the 57th person to die from the virus.
The number of patients with COVID-19 admitted to the London Center for Health Sciences remains five or less, a total that has not changed since June.
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