COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) information

Updated March 27, 2020

For Mount Allison-specific information regarding COVID-19, visit:  

Additional questions can be sent to covid19@mta.ca 


Update on University operations 

Spring/summer term

  • In-person spring/summer courses have been cancelled.
  • Self-directed learning (SDL) courses will proceed.
  • Further information can be found on our FAQ page in the "Academic information" section.

Provincial state of emergency
On March 19, 2020, the Province of New Brunswick declared a state of emergency in the province due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state of emergency:

  • requires all universities to be closed to students
  • allows students in residence to remain until they can safely return home
  • allows online course delivery to continue
  • re-emphasizes that organization focus on critical services only

As a result:

  • All buildings on campus will remain locked until further notice.
  • Access to any building is restricted to critical services only or to retrieve items.  
    • Employees who need access to a building should seek permission, during business hours, from your dean or director. Students should e-mail covid19@mta.ca. Please do not request access to buildings unless it is absolutely essential.
     
  • Residences and the dining hall will remain open until students living in residence are able to leave safely.
  • Shipping and receiving is a critical service and will continue, but mail/package services will be provided on an as-needed basis and items will not be delivered to other buildings on campus unless necessary. Please e-mail bookstore@mta.ca if you require these services.

Convocation
The in-person Convocation ceremony and Alumni Reunion Weekend celebrations scheduled for May 8-11, 2020 have been postponed. A committee has been struck to develop a plan to celebrate the graduating class. The University is also exploring how to move ahead with conferring degrees, which is important for students who are applying for work or to graduate programs. Further details will be shared as they become available.

As a reminder:


What should I do if I am feeling ill?
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus) you should call Tele-Care at 811.
This provides access to bilingual, registered nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tell them your symptoms and travel history. They will assess your situation, offer advice, and determine whether or not testing for COVID-19 is required. 

New Brunswick Public Health has also created a symptom checker for those experiencing symptoms associated with a health problem that is not related to COVID-19:


Self-assessment tools
New Brunswick Public Health has developed a self-assessment tool to help you determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.

The tool does not provide medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It is intended for self-assessment purposes only.

The Government of Canada has also developed a self-assessment tool.


eVisitNB
If you need a medical appointment, you can now connect with a New Brunswick physician online through eVisitNB. The service is currently free to anyone located in New Brunswick.

For more information on how to book an appointment, see eVisitNB’s step-by-step guide at: https://www.evisitnb.ca/how-it-works


What is the difference between self-monitoring, self-isolation, and isolation?

More information can be found at:

If you are feeling anxious or are worried because of the news about the coronavirus, we encourage you to contact the Wellness Centre (wellness@mta.ca) or Anne Comfort, director, accessibility and student wellness (acomfort@mta.ca).

Know the difference poster


Hand washing message
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), hand washing is one of the most practical and effective ways of preventing the spread of disease.

Tutorial on how to wash your hands