Updated Aug. 10, 2020

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The global impact of COVID-19 is unprecedented. It’s changing every aspect of how we live, learn, work, and interact with each other.

Changes you will notice upon your return to campus:

  • NEW ENTRANCES & EXITS — to better and more safely manage the flow of people in and through University buildings, some doors have been designated as entrances while others have been designated as exits. 
  • NEW DIRECTIONAL SIGNAGE IN BUILDINGS — in an effort to bring a uni-directional approach to the movement of people through buildings, floor decals and overhead signage will direct you which way to go. Where the one-way flow of traffic is not possible, the same decals and signage will indicate which way to go.
  • UP & DOWN STAIRWELLS — some stairwells have been designated for “upwards” traffic, while other stairwells have been “downwards” traffic. For buildings with only one set of stairs, keep right going up and coming down. When in transit and anytime it’s not possible to maintain minimum physical distancing requirements (2m), a non-medical mask must be worn.
  • PLEXI-GLASS PARTITIONS — plexi-glass partitions have been set up at student-facing service counters desks and student-facing work stations where it’s not possible to maintain minimum physical distancing requirements (2m).
  • INCREASED SANITIZATION STATIONS — more hand-sanitizer stations have been set up on campus in high-traffic areas. You’ll notice the addition of disinfectant wipes in public spaces. Signage will direct users to wipe down surfaces before and after usage.
  • REDUCED SEATING IN CLASSROOMS & MEETING ROOMS — all rooms on campus have been re-assessed for occupancy allowances in compliance with Public Health guidelines. The maximum occupancy for each room will be posted outside the rooms. Once inside, physical distancing requirements must be maintained.
  • NON-MEDICAL MASKS — Students, faculty, and staff must wear a mask if they are within 2 metres of another person on campus. Everyone is expected to wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible and when in transit on campus.

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 when in close proximity to others
  • 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.
  • 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  

Non-medical masks
Students, faculty, and staff must wear a mask if they are within 2 metres of another person on campus. Everyone is expected to wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible and when in transit on campus. A few individuals are unable to wear a mask due to a disability or condition. Those of us who can wear a mask are strongly encouraged to do so.

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
  • not wear it for long periods of time

Find out more about non-medical masks:

WHO mask infographic

Testing & quarantine protocols for COVID-19

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.
  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).