To the CBU Community,
I am writing today to make you aware that we were notified late this morning that Public Health is investigating a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the community and that this case may have caused an exposure on the Cape Breton University campus. Due to current health protocols and policies, including mandatory mask wearing, Public Health has determined this exposure to be low risk for those who are fully vaccinated. We are working with Public Health to notify anyone who may have been exposed and Public Health will follow-up directly with close contacts that are determined through their investigation. There is no current risk to the community due to this possible exposure. We will continue to follow directions and guidelines from Public Health and allow them to conduct their investigations as they have been trained to do. For privacy reasons, we will not be releasing any further information.
While this news may cause some concern, it is certainly not unexpected as we learn to live with COVID-19. There are a number of mental health resources available to you, and I encourage you to use them, should you feel the need. I will remind you that the best way to safely return to normalcy, is to get fully vaccinated against this virus. Vaccinations are available on campus at the Canada Games Complex every Tuesday from 10am – 3pm. This decision not only protects your own health but also protects the overall health of our entire community. Please get vaccinated. Remember, as per the Vaccine, Testing and Mask Policy, proof of vaccination must be submitted by October 15, 2021 and can be done by following the directions on this page.
CBU is also providing on-site COVID-19 rapid testing at the Canada Games Centre weekdays from 8am-9:30am and 3:30-5pm, and on weekends from 11am-2pm. For anyone who wishes to take part in the asymptomatic at-home testing program, they can sign up outside of the CBU Bookstore Monday – Friday from 8am-9:30am, 12pm-1pm and 3:30pm-5pm. It is proven that testing helps identify cases before symptoms ever arise, allowing us to better protect each other. I urge you to participate in asymptomatic testing regularly.
As always, remember to be kind and protect each other by staying home if you are sick, wearing a mask and respecting physical distancing where possible. We will continue to keep each other safe by working together.
Yours very truly,
David C. Dingwall
President & Vice-Chancellor