The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) has declared a community COVID-19 outbreak after three Western University students tested positive for the virus Saturday.
On Sunday, the MLHU was also notified of two additional cases who are also Western students. The MLHU anticipates more cases in the coming days.
All of the infected students live in the community and have not attended classes or activities on campus.
Medical officer of Health, Dr. Chris Mackie, says the five individuals who contracted COVID-19 did so through after hours activities, specifically bars and restaurants.
“If they’re going to get involved in high-risk behaviours, in contact with a lot of people in close quarters, then they’re putting themselves and others at risk,” says Mackie.