2 NS universities each report one case of COVID-19

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Two Nova Scotia universities are each reporting a case of COVID-19 on campus.
Dalhousie University has confirmed a case of COVID-19 in its community of residence. A note posted on the school’s website says the student requested a test as soon as symptoms first appeared and is now in isolation.

“Public Health has informed Dalhousie that the risk of potential exposure in this case is low,” said the memo from Marshal and Vice-President Academic (Acting) Frank Harvey and Gitta Kulczycki, Vice President of Finance. and administration.

“All of the residence spaces that this person has accessed have undergone additional cleaning and disinfection, and public health has not identified any campus locations for exposure notification at this time. ”

The memo also says the case reiterates the importance of following COVID-19 protocols.

At St. FX, a letter to the university community stated that a student had arrived on campus on January 3 and was isolating himself in residence.

Supports in place, say the school

“During the isolation, the student chose to go for tests which produced a positive result,” read the letter from Andy Hakin, president and vice-chancellor. “The student continues to safely self-isolate on campus, with the appropriate academic and operational supports in place in accordance with our pandemic plans. ”

Throughout COVID-19, St. FX had held most of its classes in person.

Both schools thanked the students for adhering to public health protocols. They also reminded their school communities that effective January 4, all students entering the province from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

Post-secondary students are also expected to take a COVID-19 test on the sixth, seventh or eighth day of self-isolation, but they must complete their period of isolation even with a negative result.

Public health is conducting contact tracing in both cases, the schools said.

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