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NSCC's response to COVID-19: view updates

President's Update

Dec. 12, 2021 – Don Bureaux

Hello everyone,

With the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in Antigonish – which has already resulted in positive cases at our nearby Pictou and Strait Area Campuses – I have some important updates and reminders to share.

Added Safety Measures

  • In-person holiday get togethers/events should be postponed. We hope some of these can move into 2022 when it’s safer to do so. This will help protect our community.
  • We are asking everyone - staff and students - to move meetings online if possible. This will help limit the number of people on campus to those who must be there to wrap up the term.
  • We are limiting visitor access to campus business only and there will be no external/community bookings for gyms, etc.
  • Fitness centres will be closed for the remainder of the month.
  • Masks must stay on – regardless of the length of the exam for any in-person exams and assessments left this term.

New Public Health Guidance

Public Health says they won’t be able to look at each individual case of COVID-19 to determine levels of risks to others. If you test positive, you are being asked to identify and update your own close contacts. Anyone who has been at an exposure location and anyone told they are a close contact should:
  • Isolate immediately, whether or not you have symptoms
  • Schedule a PCR test a minimum of 72 hours (3 days) after your exposure
  • Continue isolating until you get a negative PCR test and you are symptom-free

NOTE: If you are a close contact or have been to an exposure site, do not come to an NSCC campus or site until you’ve followed these steps.

Rapid testing is available at campuses. Strait Area and Pictou Campuses are adding extra hours for their rapid testing for all students and staff on campus who want one. An email has been/will be sent to those campuses from their principal with additional times.

Thank you to everyone for contributing to our safe environment by cooperating with continued measures including mask-wearing, staying at home if unwell, washing and sanitizing your hands frequently, keeping physically distant, getting vaccinated or testing and checking the COVID-19 exposure notifications daily.

Caution necessary in uncertain times

Our community is our priority. You deserve to celebrate with your colleagues at the campuses. You deserve to have a loosening of these safety measures which I know are wearing on all of us. But we’re not there yet. This outbreak has meant pulling back on just a few measures to keep us all safe. This is important at all times but even more so as everyone prepares to leave their studies and work for a needed break.

I am sorry for any inconvenience these slight changes cause and I know that fatigue related to this pandemic is real. As we near the end of another year living in a pandemic, and in the midst of a new variant and an outbreak, please take the advice of the Public Health and ‘support one another and be kind.’

Thank you, 

Don Bureaux

Last updated on: May. 25, 2022 04:31 PM

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