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Several UVic students are self-isolating after being exposed to COVID-19 last weekend.

In a statement released Thursday, the University of Victoria confirmed several students were exposed to the virus while off-campus on February 27th and 28th, and voluntarily decided to self-isolate.

There are reports those students attended an off-campus house party.

“We want to assure students, faculty, staff, parents and guardians that the university is working closely with Island Health to respond to this situation and support the university community,” said UVic in the release.

The students who were exposed are all enrolled in online classes and will remain in self-isolation under the direction of Island Health.

“We understand that this news may cause concern and anxiety, not only to those directly involved, but to the broader community,” said the university in a statement Wednesday.

“Please be assured, UVic is working closely with and following the guidance of Island Health to respond to the situation and ensure all steps are being taken to protect the health and safety of students, faculty and staff.”

The university says that all close contacts of the students have been contacted by Island Health and have been reassured by health authorities that there is no evidence of on-campus transmission at this time.

As of this publication, there are 272 active COVID-19 cases in the Island Health region.

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