To the University Community,
As you are aware, last week, I established a Presidential Task Force to lead pandemic planning for Cape Breton University. The Committee continues to meet and make decisions as the situation evolves and changes. Several sub-committees have been formed to keep the campus community safe and ensure instructional continuity should a disruption occur, for example, remote learning options.
The situation continues to change rapidly and our response may change as more information becomes available. Later today, I will be speaking with the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents to discuss options as we work together in a united fashion to coordinate the most appropriate response across the Nova Scotia university sector.
Although the risk remains low in Nova Scotia and there are no confirmed cases, with the recent decision by the World Health Organization to officially declare Covid-19 a pandemic and the Government of Nova Scotia’s recommendations to prevent the spread of disease, CBU has made the following decisions:
Events and Large Gatherings
CBU has decided to cancel all upcoming events until March 31, 2020. This decision was not made lightly but is made to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19, to protect vulnerable populations, and to be considerate of our already strained healthcare system. As I mentioned, there are still no confirmed cases in Nova Scotia, and this preventative measure is being implemented with the health and well-being of our community in mind. This decision will be re-evaluated as the situation evolves, and the community will be made aware of any changes immediately.
All non-essential work-related travel is canceled effective immediately, this includes domestic and international. Employees who have already incurred out-of-pocket costs for work-related travel can make arrangements for reimbursement through the appropriate funding body (RISE, PD Fund, or their School).
If you are currently traveling or will be traveling internationally for personal reasons, upon returning to Canada, all travelers will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Remember, the most effective way to protect yourself against sickness is to follow healthy flu prevention practices, including:
- Washing your hands with soap and water
- Staying home if you are sick
- Washing high-touch surfaces
If you have flu-like symptoms, stay home from class or work. Prior to calling 811, please complete the self-assessmentquestionnaire here. If you answer Yes to any of the questions under Section A and Yes to Question B, please call 811 and you will be advised of next steps.
I’d also like to address the fact that the University is aware there is an abundance of misinformation being shared right now. Let me be clear, there are no cases of COVID-19 on campus, or in Nova Scotia. We are aware of some employees and students who have traveled internationally recently, and were potentially exposed to the virus. Those individuals are self-isolating and are working closely with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.
More information about the COVID-19 virus can be found here. This webpage will be updated as more information becomes available, likely daily. If you have questions, please reach out to the Max Bell Health Centre firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a student and are feeling anxious, in addition to resources at the Max Bell Health Centre, there are tools available to you through the HealthlyMindsNS program.
If you are an employee feeling anxious, please consider using the services provided by CBU’s EFAP program.
As always, the safety and well-being of the CBU community is of the utmost importance. We will keep you updated as the situation evolves.
Yours very truly,
David C. Dingwall
President & Vice-Chancellor