COVID-19 Updates

Health and Safety

COVID-19 Symptom Daily Self-Assessment

Thank you for doing your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Watch for symptoms:

Symptoms can vary from person to person and in different age groups. Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. The severity of COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild to severe, and in some cases, can lead to death. Current information suggests most people don't experience severe illness or need to be hospitalized.

You need to self-isolate and complete a COVID-19 self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you've had or you're currently experiencing:

  • cough (new or worsening)

or

  • 2 or more of the following symptoms:
    • fever (chills, sweats)
    • headache
    • runny nose or nasal congestion
    • sore throat
    • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Follow the prompts to determine if you require a rapid test or a PCR test.


Isolation Protocols

If you are experiencing symptoms, please isolate and stay home. Isolating means that you remain in your personal residence room or personal space (off-campus), avoid all contact with others, and do not allow others to visit you. You can use the washroom and disinfect, but wear a mask when you need to walk through common areas and do not share kitchen facilities. This is required by the Province of Nova Scotia Emergency Act and there can be fines starting at $2422.

You can use the province's COVID Day Tracker to help keep track of your symptoms and isolation timeline.

Students

If you are a student and need to self-isolate:

  1. Contact Safety and Security (902-585-1103 or email security.office@acadiau.ca). We can help you and coordinate any supports you might need, including meal delivery if you live in residence.
  2. Notify your instructors to let them know you will not be physically present in class. They can arrange alternatives to keep you informed (remotely or otherwise) about classroom activities and assignments.
  3. Complete a COVID-19 self-assessment from the province to determine if you need a rapid test or PCR test, then book an appointment if needed. If you are directed to get a rapid test and there are no appointments available in the upcoming days, please contact caroliina.landry@acadiau.ca to get one.

Employees

If you are an employee or contractor working on campus and need to self-isolate:

  1. Contact your direct supervisor to let them know you will not be physically present on campus.
  2. Discuss your ability to perform your duties remotely or work out an alternative arrangement.
  3. Complete a COVID-19 self-assessment from the province to determine if you need a rapid test or PCR test, then book an appointment if needed. If you are directed to get a rapid test and there are no appointments available in the upcoming days, please contact caroliina.landry@acadiau.ca to get one.

If you are on-campus when symptoms occur

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Wear a mask.
  3. Contact Safety and Security (902-585-1103 or email security.office@acadiau.ca). If you are an employee, also notify your immediate supervisor that you need to leave work.
  4. Go directly to your residence room or home with no stops. Wear your mask until you are in your personal space. Practice physical distancing and stay in your room except to go to the bathroom.
  5. Complete a COVID-19 self-assessment from the province to determine if you need a rapid test or PCR test, then book an appointment if needed. If you are directed to get a rapid test and there are no appointments available in the upcoming days, please contact caroliina.landry@acadiau.ca to get one.

If you test positive for COVID-19

  • Visit Public Health’s Tested Positive site and follow their guidance.
  • You will need to isolate for 7 full days, with your first day of symptoms considered “Day 0”.
    • For example, if you feel symptoms on January 2 (Day 0) and test positive on January 3 (Day 1), you would be required to isolate until end of day, January 9. To leave isolation, you must have no fever for 24 hours, and your symptoms should be almost absent or gone.
    • If you are not experiencing symptoms, then you would use the same time span using the positive test as Day 0, and moving forward from there.
  • Do not come to campus.
  • If you live in residence, do not leave your room except to go to the bathroom. please call Safety and Security at 902-585-1103 so they can ensure you are isolating, have the resources you need, and deliver meals to you. Please reach out to Safety and Security if you are having any concerns or issues.
  • Determine your close contacts. Identify which day your symptoms began and then go back 48 hours (which is when you would have begun being infectious) until you began isolating. For example, if your symptoms began on a Wednesday, consider all your activities beginning that Monday until you began isolating. Identify individuals, places, times, and if you removed masks during those times. Notify your close contacts.