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Wastewater Testing Of UWindsor Campus Residence Leads To Early COVID-19 Detection

Monday March 29th, 2021, 2:50pm


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An asymptomatic case of COVID-19 in the University of Windsor’s Alumni Hall residence was confirmed by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit Monday following widespread testing of students Sunday morning.

The move came after daily wastewater screening from the building tested positive for the virus Saturday evening.

Once alerted to Saturday’s wastewater results, the University immediately enacted its COVID-19 protections and protocols.

Working with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, over 160 on-site tests were administered Sunday, with only a single case showing a positive result. Additional tests are expected to take place today and are available to students and staff with assigned duties at Alumni Hall.

“We know wastewater monitoring makes a significant difference in helping keep the community safe,” said Faculty of Science dean Chris Houser and Chair of the Return to Campus Action Group.

The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 has been relocated to the University’s isolation centre and is receiving support from the Health Unit, Student Health Services, and Residence Services.

Alumni Hall residents are still under “modified quarantine” which means they are asked to avoid close contact with others and the community, limit contact outside their residence to essential trips, and continue to follow other public health measures until at least April 2nd.

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