McGill University has announced that it will suspend its COVID-19 rapid test pilot project for students and staff, following a government directive asking that testing be restricted to symptomatic people.
“Anyone with symptoms shouldn’t come to our campuses and we don’t want to encourage members of our community to come to campus just to get tested,” the university said.
The rapid test site was scheduled to open on January 3, allowing all students, faculty and staff to be quickly tested on site.
“The health and well-being of our community remains our top priority, and all necessary health and safety measures will continue to be implemented to ensure that our campuses remain safe places to learn and work,” notes Shirley Cardenas, head of media relations for the University.
The four major universities in Montreal announced this week that they will delay the return to in-person teaching following the growing number of cases of COVID-19 among young people on the island.
However, at McGill, students involved in “level 1” teaching activities will be expected on campus as of January 10.
“Level 1 activities are extremely difficult educational activities to conduct online and include critical teaching labs, clinical activities, project courses, various musical activities, and other experiential in-person components of courses including those required for graduate students, ”reads a letter to students from Deputy Rector Fabrice Labeau.
McGill notes that it is currently looking for other ways to distribute rapid tests to students and staff both on campus and in residences.
The university announced its intention to welcome students back to campus on January 24.