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Update: Public Health says suspected Omicron case in Sudbury is not yet official

Laurentian said earlier today it was cancelling in-person exam dates this week after a positive Omicron case had been detected

Updated Dec. 17 at 3:45 p.m.: In response to an inquiry about the discovery of a case of Omicron variant assigned to a Sudbury COVID-19 patient, Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) said although cases are under investigation, there is no official case of that variant in the Sudbury health jurisdiction. 

“Public Health Sudbury & Districts has informed Laurentian University that cases positive for COVID-19 associated with the university are currently under investigation for the Omicron variant of concern," said a statement from PHSD.

"To date, no Omicron cases have been confirmed in Public Health’s service area. All eligible COVID-19 positive samples across Ontario have been and continue to go to Public Health Ontario's laboratory for whole genome sequencing. Locally, multiple persons under investigation are awaiting confirmation for Omicron," the statement continued. 

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Laurentian University says it’s rescheduling exams that were to take place on campus today and Saturday (Dec. 17 and 18) after a positive case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant was detected on campus.

The university’s president, Robert Haché, made the announcement on LU’s website Friday morning.

All exams that were to occur Dec. 17 (not including 9 a.m. exam sessions, which were already underway when Haché issued his statement at 10:30 a.m.) and Dec. 18 will be rescheduled to occur remotely. 

The university already announced earlier this week that all exams scheduled to occur Dec. 20 and 21 were being moved online.

Haché said the latest change is being made “out of an abundance of caution.”

More information on the date and time for the remote rescheduled exams will be shared shortly by course instructors, said his statement. Questions on this topic can be directed to

“These changes are challenging, however we will continue to make campus safety our top priority,” Haché said. “More information on the impact to research activities, services on campus and students in residence will be provided as soon as possible.”