COVID-19 impacts the vortex for Western College college students forward of St. Patrick’s Day in London

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Despite a growing COVID-19 outbreak linked to peers, some Western University students are hoping for another quiet St. Patrick’s Day in London, Ont.

Wednesday marks the second time the annual celebration has taken place amid the pandemic. It takes place less than a week after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared in the community.

The outbreak originally included 22 cases, mostly related to gatherings among post-secondary school students, with Western school students making up the majority of the infections. That number rose to at least 45 cases on Monday.

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Andrea Lau, a third-year student, says the recent outbreak served as a reality check for her and her colleagues.

“Everyone felt that it was wearing off and so they were more willing to hang out with friends, but after this fear we stay home again,” said Lau.

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Amy Yang, also in her third year, says while she and Lau take health precautions seriously, they are concerned that the pandemic-induced fatigue is preventing others from following the rules as strictly.

“People are probably really fed up with COVID now, and you’ve seen a lot more people on campus … but I think we’re safe,” Yang said.

However, since the holiday falls on a Wednesday, the two of them expect another quiet St. Patrick’s Day.

“I know Richmond Street is very busy right now (in businesses) like Chuck’s and Warehouse, but I think outside patios it will be easy. Nothing else will be too busy, ”added Yang.

Third year students Andrea Lau (left) and Amy Yang say the recent COVID-19 outbreak served as a reality check on their friends.

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Freshman Michael Bessonov, who lives in a dormitory in Western, says he isn’t too worried about his neighbors throwing parties as school officials keep the activities inside tightly under control.

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“If something happens, it will take a few minutes,” said Bessonov.

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Bessonov says his concern lies more with off-campus parties, in brotherhood houses, where he fears the recent outbreak may have originated.

“When people go out from home, I’m just worried that they might bring it back,” Bessonov said.

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Bessonov says he doesn’t know anyone who has plans to celebrate.

“It’s been a very busy week for me and my friends with a lot of split times so I don’t think this is a big priority.”

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Michael Bessonov, a freshman student living in a dorm, fears his neighbors may go to off-campus parties and come back with an infection.

Michael Bessonov, a freshman student living in a dorm, fears his neighbors may go to off-campus parties and come back with an infection.

Freshman Michael Mazzetti admitted to Global News that he didn’t know when it was St. Patrick’s Day and didn’t plan to attend any celebrations.

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“Is it (Wednesday)? We have organic split times ahead of us, ”Mazzetti said, adding that he and his friends probably wouldn’t have time to party.

Mazzetti says he and his friends have taken precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and have not been throwing parties for the time being but are still concerned about others.

“You never know, some people just don’t really care and just like to go out and have fun, so you just have to hope for the best I guess.”

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First year fellow student Omar Elomari is less hopeful and expects a busy St. Patrick’s Day in London.

“I live off campus and my area is more like a student area. There are usually parties most nights,” Elomari said.

“St. Patrick’s Day is likely to get worse … and in a couple of weeks we’ll see the numbers go up.”

Freshmen Michael Mazzetti (left), Leonardo Cui (center) and Omar Elomari have maintained a tight social bubble and are following health precautions, but fear others may not.

Freshmen Michael Mazzetti (left), Leonardo Cui (center) and Omar Elomari have maintained a tight social bubble and are following health precautions, but fear others may not.

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While some students may stay home on St. Patrick’s Day, Const. According to Sandasha Bough, London police will be out all day overseeing the local festivities.

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“If anyone has hoped or has planned to attend St. Patrick’s Day meetings, we encourage them to reconsider. This is for the health and safety of our community and our first responders,” said Bough.

Now, more than ever, it is not the time to push your luck.
The health and safety of our campus community and the wider London community is our responsibility.
Given the recent COVID-19 outbreak reported by @MLHealthUnit, we need to remain vigilant.
Do your part, #StopTheSpread pic.twitter.com/Txto0nAP0t

– Western USC (@WesternUSC) March 15, 2021

Police will work with the Middlesex-London Health Unit and city law enforcement throughout the day, but Bough says Londoners shouldn’t call 911 about COVID-19 concerns.

“If you have any concerns, please use the COVID order hotline, which is the phone number or email address, and then we can sort those responses based on what the actual complaint is about,” said Bough.

These concerns can be emailed to the City of London at [email protected] or by calling 519-661-4660.

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The email address is monitored 24/7, but the phone line is only open on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


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