Tests for asymptomatic Queen's students being discussed

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The local public health unit is working with Queen’s University on developing a COVID-19 testing strategy for students entering residence.

“That’s what we’re working toward,” Dr. Kieran Moore, medical officer of health for Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington, said Thursday.

“It hasn’t been approved yet because there’s obviously cost to this. We’re working on a testing strategy for asymptomatic students going into residence and, even if you’re off-campus and you’re in the community, to offer testing to you as well.”

There will be more students housed in residences this semester.

“As we know, some students are coming from afar and could be asymptomatic carriers,” Moore said. “It’s just an extra bit of caution that we’re suggesting be put in place and we’re working on those details.”

Aside from the cost, there are other logistics to iron out before a plan could be implemented by the health unit, the university and Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Moore said.

“It’s just getting the staff and the availability for the testing that we’re working through that process,” he said.

Queen’s University is reopening its residences to students on Jan. 23.

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