Updated Jan. 20, 2021
On this page:
- Non-medical masks
- Supplies to bring with you
- To-do list before leaving home
- How to stay healthy
- What to do if you get sick
- COVID Alert app
- Testing and quarantine protocols
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 face masks are mandatory in campus buildings and in all indoor spaces in the province. Please note: As of Jan. 20, Zone 1 (the Moncton and Southeast region) is in the Red level of the provincial recovery plan. During this phase, masks are required both indoors AND outdoors on campus.
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.
We 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:
- When and how to use masks (World Health Organization)
- About non-medical masks and face coverings (Government of Canada)
- Instructions for making sew and no-sew non-medical masks
- Government of New Brunswick FAQ on mandatory masks
Due to COVID-19, we suggest you have the following supplies with you in residence or your apartment:
- 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
Find out more about self-isolating at home (Government of Canada)
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
- Get a flu shot by calling your doctor or pharmacy
Find out more about COVID-19, including how to recognize symptoms on the Government of New Brunswick's COVID-19 site: gnb.ca/coronavirus
- 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 all students entering New Brunswick from international destinations 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. You are required to register for the test following your arrival in the province.
New Brunswick Public Health also now strongly recommends that students entering New Brunswick from any other Canadian province/territory register for a day 10 COVID-19 test.
Please note the following information and guidelines concerning arranging a COVID test, as provided by New Brunswick Public Health:
- Immediately following your arrival in New Brunswick complete the online self-referral form to schedule a day 10 test.
- A North American phone number must be provided on the online referral form. This is important to allow assessment centres to contact the student/school to schedule testing and so that test results can be communicated accordingly. If a student does not have a North American phone number, please enter the number of your guardian or contact Matt Maston, director of accessibility and wellness, at email@example.com for details.
- You may give Public Health permission to communicate your test results to a parent, guardian, or other designate. To do this you must complete a consent form and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org
The registration form requires that students enter the closest assessment centre site to their self-isolation location. For students in Sackville, the closest location is Moncton. Students who have their own transportation available are encouraged to travel to this test centre if they are able to do so. However, students unable to travel to the assessment centre will be eligible for testing in Sackville. If this is the case, please select Moncton as the assessment site, but also select “yes” to the question “Do you have mobility or transportation issues?”
For those students able to travel to take their COVID test, a representative from the assessment centre will contact the student to schedule a date, time, and location for testing once the online form is submitted.
Students who cannot travel to the assessment centre site will have testing arranged and completed in Sackville. If called by a representative from the assessment centre, such students should confirm that they are unable to travel for a test.
Testing within your self-isolation period
Students are permitted to leave self-isolation ONLY to have their COVID- 19 test at an assessment centre. When leaving self-isolation to take the test, please adhere to all public health measures, including wearing a mask and physical distancing as much as possible.
Once the test has been completed, students must immediately return to their self-isolation address to complete their self-isolation period. All students who receive a test must still complete their 14-day self-isolation period.
What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19
If you have two or more symptoms of COVID-19, which are unrelated to pre-existing conditions, you should:
- Stay in your room or apartment/house.
- Take the Government of New Brunswick’s online self-assessment to confirm symptoms and determine next steps.
- 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.
- If directed to go for testing:
- Students living in residence are strongly encouraged to advise Karen Geldart, residence life manager, at email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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 (email@example.com) 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Counselling services will be available remotely to students in self-isolation or quarantine who request them, to the extent possible (email@example.com).