Coronavirus: Trent University to provide temporary housing for front-line healthcare workers

Trent University in Peterborough will provide temporary housing options for healthcare workers at the city’s hospital during the coronavirus pandemic.

On Sunday, the university announced it is making the Gzowski College residence on the east bank of the Symons campus available for workers at Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

Hospital officials approached the university last week about the possibility of using residences to temporarily house hospital staff who choose to self-isolate from their families as they provide care for patients.

As of Friday, Peterborough Public Health reported 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Peterborough, two of which were hospitalized. The health unit’s first confirmed case was a man in his 30s associated with Trent University, who last week was declared resolved.

“Trent has been looking for ways to support the community as we navigate our way through the current crisis,” said Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University.

“After our donation of personal protective equipment to the hospital last week, we are pleased to be able to provide housing for those working on the front lines of health care in Peterborough.”

Gzowski College is currently unoccupied as Trent is operating with a reduced campus presence after the university announced on March 13 that all on-campus classes would be suspended. Courses continue to be offered online.

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