April 4, 2021

Outbreak Declaration at Essex Hall

April 4, 2021

We have been made aware of six positive cases of COVID-19 in Essex Hall over the past few days. The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) has declared this an outbreak.  

The University is collaborating with the MLHU on contact tracing and is supporting students who require quarantining and testing. All positive cases are moved immediately outside of residence for isolation. If you are considered a close contact to one of the positive cases, the MLHU will be communicating with you directly.  

What does this mean for you? 

As you've received the email last week, with COVID-19 variants fuelling transmission in the region, Western is encouraging residence students to move home early if you can, and then quarantine for 14 days, as per the guidance shared by the health unit. 

If you choose to stay in residence, you are still able to leave your room, access the dining hall, and move about campus.  

Now is not the time to socialize with others. The variants of concern are making younger people sick, and are much more transmissible. Use the 'buddy system' and significantly limit your contacts to only one other friend. Practicing health and safety protocols that you have been doing all year – physically distancing from others, practicing good hand hygiene, and wearing three-layer face coverings – are effective methods to keep yourself safe.

Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. If you develop symptoms, please stay in your room and contact the Housing Leader on Call 24/7 at 519-495-3980. The University operates a COVID-19 Testing Centre on campus for our community. We also want to assure you that students who test positive for COVID-19 do not face any negative repercussions or consequences.

There are several wellness resources available to you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out:  

If you have any questions, please contact us at residencelife@uwo.ca or the Essex Hall front desk at 519-661-4240. Additional COVID-19 resources for the campus community can be found on Western’s COVID-19 website and on the MLHU’s website.     

We know this may be concerning for you. Please be assured we will support you through this.