Norovirus outbreak contained at University of Regina, officials say
School's fitness centre to re-open Saturday
The University of Regina and health officials are slowly removing extra precautions that were put in place at the school after a norovirus outbreak on campus.
A number of gastrointestinal illness cases were reported at the university on Feb. 26, and norovirus was suspected.
On Friday, a university official said there had been 100 confirmed cases of people on campus infected by norovirus, which includes symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.
The University of Regina took extra precautions to curb the spread of the virus, like closing its fitness centre.
In a press release, the university said it believes these measures helped contain the situation.
The Fitness and Lifestyle Centre in the school's kinesiology building will re-open on Saturday, March 5.
It will now close at 9 p.m. CST on weekdays to accommodate extra daily cleaning.
Over the next week, the university will also re-introduce the normal range of food offerings available on campus, such as buffets and salad bars.
The school still plans to implement extra cleaning on high-contact surface areas.
Students and staff are reminded by the school to regularly wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, and to stay home for a minimum of 48 hours if they are experiencing symptoms.