Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Positive COVID test result on campus

September 9th, 2021
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Thursday, September 9, 2021



To the campus community,

 

I am writing to advise that earlier today Nova Scotia Public Health shared with us the news of a positive COVID-19 test result on campus. The student had not attended classes, instead began isolating upon experiencing symptoms and opted to go for testing which produced a positive result. As per our pandemic plans, the student continues to safely isolate on campus with the appropriate academic and operational supports in place.



Contact tracing is being managed by Public Health, and those considered to be close contacts are being approached directly by them. From a communications perspective, the university will follow the direction of Public Health when it comes to notification of potential exposure.



On behalf of the university community, I wish to acknowledge and thank this individual for closely monitoring their health and for adhering to the health and safety protocols related to testing. I want to take this opportunity to remind the community of the importance of self-monitoring for symptoms and following the basic safety protocols as outlined within our Good Neighbours Guide.

If experiencing symptoms:

  • Call 811, Nova Scotia’s Public Health line, for further instructions.
  • Stay home. Do not attend class, meal hall or venture outside of your room until otherwise directed.
  • Immediately inform the university using isolate@stfx.ca or by calling 902.867.2276

I also want to remind the campus community to take advantage of the Rapid Test Kits available across campus, even when not experiencing symptoms. Students, faculty, or staff who are asymptomatic and receive a positive result from a Rapid Test, are required to isolate immediately and notify covidtest@stfx.ca for further instructions on how to arrange a follow-up PCR test to confirm the positive result.  In addition, students are required to immediately notify isolate@stfx.ca (or call 902.867.2276) so that we can provide you with appropriate supports and take steps to protect the safety of the community.  All community members may also call 811 for COVID-related advice if they are uncertain how to proceed.



This is a good reminder that the pandemic is not yet behind us. COVID is in our communities and we must do all we can to limit the spread and keep each other healthy. It’s the only way we can remain together and continue to enjoy the in-person experience.



Remain safe, wear your mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing. By looking after ourselves, we look after our community.



Elizabeth Yeo

Vice-President, Students

StFX University

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