Five students at University of Alberta residence test positive for COVID-19

The university is shutting down in-person varsity athletics for the next two weeks

  • Sep. 21, 2020 9:30 a.m.

EDMONTON — A confirmed outbreak of COVID-19 at a student residence on the main campus of the University of Alberta means there will be no varsity athletics activities on the campus for the next 14 days.

A statement from the university in Edmonton says five members of the men’s residence of St. Joseph’s College have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

They are isolating, along with the 14 other men living at the residence, and the university says areas the five have had access to are being sanitized and deep cleaned.

The website for the residence says, along with spiritual direction and daily mass, the residence is also a leader of the university’s intramural sports program.

The university says it doesn’t know which sports may have been specifically affected, but is shutting down in-person varsity athletics for the next two weeks.

It says individuals who may have been exposed will be contacted by health officials.

The statement says all other residences at the University of Alberta are considered safe and the risk of exposure is low.

Alberta’s last COVID-19 update on Thursday reported 1,424 active cases and 255 deaths.

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