Health unit confirms student at Georgian College Barrie campus has tested positive for COVID-19

Health officials said the student and one other person considered to be high-risk are self-isolating

A student at the Georgian College Barrie campus has tested positive for COVID-19.

Dr. Charles Gardner, Simcoe Muskoka Medical Officer of Health, said the student had been on the campus for part of their program.

“In our investigation, we identified one other individual who is a close contact who is in self-isolation. The student is in self-isolation and the other individual is in self-isolation. Beyond that, we have identified a number of people who would be low-risk contact and we advise they self-monitor.”

Gardner said the health unit’s contact tracing would estimate when that person would have been infectious, identify where they had been and who they had been in contact with.

Georgian College did confirm the positive test. In a statement, the college said it is working closely with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Georgian said prior to resuming limited-in person instruction to enable students to complete mandatory practical components of their program, the college activated additional safety measures as part of the college’s Protocol for the Prevention of COVID-19 Tranmission. As part of these new measures, building entry screening protcols, mandatory face coverings and enhanced campus cleaning protocols were established.