COVID-19

All Updates

While we have been very diligent in taking health and safety measures, Acadia University is not immune to COVID-19. Today, January 10, 2021, the University became aware that a campus community member tested positive for COVID-19. The case is related to travel, and a student has been quarantining (self-isolating) as required in residence. The student has not experienced symptoms, and we are grateful to them for following health advice for testing and quarantine. Nova Scotia Public Health is monitoring the situation.

The Province of Nova Scotia has announced a change to public health directives relating to travellers from New Brunswick that will impact students.

Acadia has plans in place to support our residence students from New Brunswick during quarantine (self-isolation). Off-campus students from New Brunswick also have access to support through the Acadia Students’ Union.

 

To protect yourself, your friends, and your community, Acadia University and the Government of Nova Scotia strongly encourage students that have arrived in Nova Scotia from outside of the Atlantic Canada to be tested for COVID-19 on day 6, 7, or 8 after your arrival in Nova Scotia. Asymptomatic testing is an important way we can all help reduce community spread.

Dear colleagues and students,

Today, the Nova Scotia government has announced 37 new COVID-19 cases, including a confirmed case in a nearby high school and a rapid increase of confirmed cases in the Central Zone, Northern Zone, and some Western Zone areas due to community spread.

The provinces of Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have announced that they are suspending the 'Atlantic Bubble' travel agreement for two weeks, effective November 24 and November 25 respectively. Prince Edward Island has also suspended non-essential travel.

Yesterday, a department head sent a message to a group of students and faculty out of an abundance of caution to temporarily cease in-person activities within that program. They were advised that a student in that program had chosen to self-isolate while a friend awaits a COVID-19 test result. Their friend is not connected to Acadia.

The University appreciates the student taking the extra precaution of self-isolating. However, there is no confirmed exposure to COVID-19 for that individual at this time.

We are sending this message to clarify the situation to our campus and community. And to let you know, there is no change to our campus status or permitted activities at this time.

This situation is a good opportunity to remind us to continue checking for COVID-19 symptoms daily before being on campus and staying away if we feel ill or exhibit symptoms. If you are instructed to self-isolate, please advise Safety and Security and follow up with your instructors or supervisor. Details for checking and contacting 811 are available on the COVID-19 information website.

We thank the individual student who is choosing to self-isolate for taking precautions, and we hope they will stay well.

If you have concerns or questions, please contact our Occupational Health Nurse Caroliina Landry.

 

Thank you,

Dr. Dale Keefe

Provost and Vice-President, Academic

Effective immediately, November 10, 2020, Acadia University will offer students some less restrictive options to study on campus.

Five locations are now mask-exempt to allow students to remove their masks indoors, provided they are seated and physically distanced from others.