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Want to see how Western students started an outbreak? Look at this

A visual contact tracing map produced by London's health unit is highlighting how an outbreak started among Western University students and spread to others in the community. 

The day-by-day activities of 15 students shows details that include sharing a drink and shopping

This shows the London locations the students visited after returning to the city Tuesday Sept. 9, the day after Labour Day when school resumed. (Provided by: The Middlesex London Health Unit)

A visual contact tracing map produced by London's health unit is highlighting how an outbreak started among Western University students and spread to others in the community. 

The graphic, embedded at the bottom of this story, is a real-life look at 15 people, the majority living in three student houses, and one who worked at the downtown bar Lost Love, where the health unit believes the virus really took off. 

Contact tracing shows the daily activities over the course of six days, starting the Tuesday after Labour Day when students returned to London.

Since then, the city went from less than 10 active cases to almost 30, the majority are students linked to this outbreak. 

That first day, on Sept. 9, activities included visiting campus, going to the gym and visiting several downtown restaurants and bars.

By evening's end, 11 of the people who would test positive were sitting in the same section at Lost Love, two shared a drink and two others shared an e-cigarette. 

Lost Love is the bar where many of the people who would test positive congregated Sept. 9, 2020. The bar was closed Sept. 12, 2020 for a deep clean. (Rob Krbavac/ CBC News)

Two individuals who worked at Lost Love for several evenings before the bar closed for deep cleaning on Sept. 12 shared rides home. One also went shopping at multiple unnamed locations.

Western University said one student who tested positive is living in residence but is in isolation. President Alan Shepard said Thursday the school now plans to use the "full force of the code of student conduct" if students continue to put the community at risk. 

Repercussions could include a warning, suspension or expulsion.

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