Updated Oct. 22, 2020

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Find out more about changes to the physical campus and health and safety protocols you will be expected to follow on our campus and classrooms changes page.


Non-medical masks

Non-medical face masks are mandatory in campus buildings and in all indoor spaces in the province.

Non-medical masks are recommended by health care professionals as an effective measure to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Provincial regulations currently require that masks be worn indoors across the province. Masks do not need to be worn outside, unless you are unable to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres or more.

WHO mask infographicWe expect all community members to adopt mask usage as their regular, ongoing practice when on campus and attending classes.  

We understand that there are instances in which wearing masks may not be practical:

  • Some individuals have underlying health conditions that could be exacerbated by mask usage. In these situations, those individuals should take extra precautions with respect to physical distancing.
  • A number of employees — custodial and grounds staff in particular — work in public spaces in buildings and campus grounds all day. Due to the nature of their work, it may not be practical for them to wear a mask their entire work day.
  • Employees and students who are working in an enclosed area, such as a private office or room with door, do not need to wear a mask when using that space for their individual work, study, or research. However, please wear a mask in the event others need to contact you in that space.

In other respects, please adopt the regular practice of wearing a mask on campus.

It is important that you:

  • have a mask that has two layers of material
  • wear it over both nose and mouth
  • touch it as little as possible
  • wash your mask every day

Find out more about non-medical masks:


Health & safety readiness — be prepared

ThermometerDue to COVID-19, we suggest you have the following supplies with you in residence or your apartment: 

  • Thermometer
  • Acetaminophen (ex. Tylenol) — recommended for reducing a fever
  • Throat lozenges
  • Kleenex or tissues
  • Lots of fluids — non-alcoholic beverages like water, juice, tea, and Gatorade are important to avoid dehydration
  • Warm blanket and pillows
  • Non-medical masks
  • First aid kit including band aids, disposable sterile gloves, tweezers, Polysporin, etc.
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand soap
  • Flip flops for use in showers
  • Small fan
  • Non-perishable foods such as canned soups, noodles, and rice
  • Cleaning products that are Health Canada compliant to keep surfaces in your room or apartment clean and disinfected

To-do list before you leave home:

  • Make medical, dental, and other appointments
  • Renew prescriptions and contact Sackville drugstores to transfer prescriptions as needed
  • Make sure your Medicare card is up to date

HandwashingHow do I stay healthy?

COVID-19 is a strain of coronavirus that can cause infections of the nose, throat, and lungs. A person may experience mild symptoms similar to a cold up to more severe respiratory illnesses. The most common spread of COVID-19 occurs through respiratory droplets (when you cough or sneeze), personal contact (shaking hands and touching), to touching something with the virus on it then touching your mouth, nose, eyes.

Approximately 15 per cent of the MtA student population live with a medical condition or disability. Additionally, many faculty and staff have underlying conditions or are caregivers for those who are more at risk. For this reason, clear guidelines and directives are in place to ensure the limited transmission of COVID-19 on our campus. Now more than ever, safety and health protocols need to be followed by all members of our community.

It is also vitally important and legally mandated that we follow Government of New Brunswick and Public Health guidelines.

The most effective way to kill the COVID-19 virus is with soap and water. Wash your hands frequently and make sure to get a good lather! Additional hand sanitization stations have been added to high traffic areas on campus. They are most notably at the entrances and exits of buildings. Get in the habit of using them when entering or exiting a building.
Custodians will also be providing extra cleaning to buildings and common areas such as shared washrooms in residence.

The top things to keep in mind and your best line of defense against COVID-19 are:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes with unwashed hands
  • practicing physical distancing (2 metres or more)
  • practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette
  • wear a non-medical face mask
  • stay home if you are sick and stay away from individuals who are sick

Additionally it helps you stay healthy if you:

  • Drink lots of fluids
  • Keep your room or apartment clean
  • Don’t leave dirty laundry lying around
  • Change your bed linens weekly
  • Clean surfaces often — desktop, bathroom sink/shower, door knobs
  • Empty your garbage often — don’t let it pile up
  • Do not gather in your room — go outside for a walk with your friends
  • Have cleaning supplies on hand — paper towel and disinfectant

Find out more about COVID-19, including how to recognize symptoms on the Government of New Brunswick's COVID-19 site: gnb.ca/coronavirus


StethoscopeWhat if I get sick?

  • Take the Government of New Brunswick self-assessment online in order to identify the next steps for your symptoms.
  • If warranted, call 811. Public Health will then advise you about testing.
    NOTE: If you are calling from a cell phone with a non-New Brunswick phone number, use the local toll free line, 1-877-795-3773, instead of 811. 
  • If in residence, you are encouraged to report your illness to Residence Life Manager Karen Geldart at 364-2121 (office) or e-mail kgeldart@mta.ca in order to arrange support and services.
  • If you live off campus, you are encouraged to report your illness to the Wellness Centre at 364-2163 or health@mta.ca  

COVID Alert app

The federal government’s COVID Alert app is now available in New Brunswick.

Information about the app is available at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/covid-alert.html


Testing & quarantine protocols for COVID-19

New Brunswick Public Health requires students crossing the Canadian border to study at a post-secondary institution in New Brunswick to have a COVID-19 test on day 10 of their 14-day isolation period. The student will need to complete the 14-day isolation period even if they receive a negative test result.

Testing is also strongly recommended for students from outside the Atlantic Bubble who are currently self-isolating off-campus or plan to return to Sackville to self-isolate before classes begin. Students can register for upcoming COVID testing on Moodle.

The University is assisting Public Health with the testing process, which takes place in Sackville.

Find out more about self-isolation requirements from the Government of New Brunswick.

 

If you have two or more symptoms of COVID-19, which are unrelated to pre-existing conditions, you should:

  1. Stay in your room or apartment/house.
  2. Take the Government of New Brunswick’s online self-assessment to confirm symptoms and determine next steps.
  3. If warranted, call the New Brunswick Tele-Care Line (811) for further instructions. NOTE: If you are calling from a cell phone with a non-New Brunswick phone number, use the local toll free line, 1-877-795-3773, instead of 811.
  4. If directed to go for testing:
    • Students living in residence are strongly encouraged to advise Karen Geldart, residence life manager, at kgeldart@mta.ca, who will be able to set up supports while they are ill. 
    • Students living off campus are strongly encouraged to advise the Wellness Centre at health@mta.ca. Staff will be able to assist students with symptom management while they are ill. 
     

Once tested, students will be given a registration code for a secure web portal. Test results are typically ready in 48 hours. The Government of New Brunswick web portal can be found at: https://myhealth.gnb.ca/

Students can expect that Public Health will follow up with them daily if they test positive. Public Health will also be responsible for all contact tracing. In keeping with provincial regulations around privacy, NB Public Health will communicate directly and confidentially with students. NB Public Health may share general information with Mount Allison, but will not share any identifying information.

 

Testing centres

NB Public Health and/or 811 may direct students to a testing centre. Currently the closest testing centres are in Moncton. The Wellness Centre is in the process of having one registered nurse and one nurse practitioner trained in how to conduct the testing on-site at Mount Allison.

 

Self-isolation on campus

Hunton House has been set aside for any residence students who are required to self-quarantine. All students in residence with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, who identify themselves to the University, may be immediately placed into quarantine. For students with shared washroom facilities (community bathroom or shared washroom) where only one person using that washroom is a suspected case of COVID-19, a move to Hunton is more likely. For students with single rooms and dedicated bathrooms, it is possible that they may remain in their rooms. In all cases, Wellness Centre staff will consult with the residence life manager to determine if a move to Hunton House is warranted.

In the event a student tests positive for COVID-19, the University will, with the student’s knowledge, contact the student’s designated “emergency contact.”

University staff will provide regular monitoring of students who are self-quarantining in residence. Arrangements will likewise be made for students on the University meal plan to have their meals delivered to their residence room.

 

Self-isolation off-campus

Students living off-campus who are required to self-quarantine because of COVID-19 symptoms, COVID-19 exposure, or a positive test should self-quarantine in their apartment or house. They should limit their interactions with others in the same apartment/house and ensure that proper cleaning of any shared washroom(s) occurs before and after use.

Off-campus students are likewise strongly encouraged to immediately inform the Wellness Centre (health@mta.ca) to receive support for their symptom management.

Off-campus students who contract COVID-19 will not be permitted to use Hunton House for quarantine purposes. Meal delivery service from Jennings Dining Hall is for on-campus students who are already on the University meal plan. Off-campus students can place orders for meal and grocery deliveries through local restaurants and grocery stores. The Sackville Food Bank (536-4164) is available confidentially to anyone experiencing food insecurity. The Tantramar COVID-19 Task Force and the MASU can also help to facilitate food boxes and meal deliveries.

For more information about community resources, visit the Town of Sackville Fall 2020 website or contact masu@mta.ca.

 

Next steps & student supports  

Students are encouraged to contact their professors via e-mail to notify them of their illness. To the extent possible, students should continue academic activities remotely or be provided with note-takers arranged through the Meighen Centre (accessibility@mta.ca). Counselling services will be available remotely to students in self-isolation or quarantine who request them, to the extent possible (counsellor@mta.ca).