Updated: Nipissing University Update on Coronavirus

Positive COVID-19 Case Confirmed - November 20

Covid-19 Update

Friday, November 20, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Dear students, faculty and staff,

Nipissing University has received notification that another member of our campus community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual resides off campus, but was in the R.J. Surtees Student Athletics Centre on Monday, November 16 and Tuesday, November 17. The university is working with the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit to ensure the health and well-being of the individual and the community. The individual is self-isolating and all contact tracing is being managed by public health. Anyone who may have been in close contact with the individual will be contacted directly.

The R.J. Surtees Student Athletics Centre underwent a deep cleaning on November 18 and has since reopened.

Nipissing University has developed comprehensive protocols for any reported confirmed case of COVID-19. These have been developed in close consultation with the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit.

Nipissing University provides information about positive cases on campus on the Positive Cases on Campus website. The Positive Cases on Campus website is updated daily, Monday to Friday. Cases reported on this page are considered closed after 14 days.

Nipissing University has implemented a number of measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 on campus and in the community including delivering classes online, limiting access to campus, screening visitors, and thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing campus buildings on a daily basis. Individuals attending campus must wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing.

Staff, faculty and students are reminded to adhere to public health guidelines including:

  • physical distancing
  • wearing a face covering
  • washing or sanitizing hands often
  • not touching your face
  • coughing or sneezing into your sleeve.

Individuals with any symptoms of COVID-19 should not visit campus, but instead should self-isolate immediately and get tested.

Members of the Nipissing University community are also encouraged to download the Nipissing Safe app.

Supports that are still available while the campus is closed

During these challenging times, we’d like to remind all members of the Lakers community that despite being distanced from one another, you are not alone, and the supports available through our Nipissing community remain available to you.

Additional Resources: 

  • Technology Services: If employees require any additional technological resources in order to work from home, please contact UTS via https://helpdesk.nipissingu.ca 
  • Employee Assistance Program:  We appreciate the stress this may be causing our students and the burdens it places on our departments and members of the Nipissing community. Aspiria, Nipissing’s confidential Employee Assistance Provider, is available to employees and their dependents 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no cost www.aspiria.ca    
  • For additional questions, employees are welcome to contact coronavirus@nipissingu.ca