To the CBU Community,
I am writing tonight to make you aware that Public Health notified us late today of a positive COVID-19 case connected to Cape Breton University. The student arrived on January 5, and since then has been isolating off-campus and following mandatory public health requirements. It was during this isolation time the student chose to participate in asymptomatic testing, which we now know produced a positive result. The student continues to isolate with the proper health, mental health, and academic resources in place as an efficient support system.
I would like to personally thank this student for making the good decision to engage in asymptomatic testing. It is proven that this testing can help identify cases before symptoms ever arise, allowing us to better protect each other. As a community, we must continue to watch out for each other and keep each other safe. Anyone who wishes to also participate in asymptomatic testing can do so by booking an appointment online.
Any contact tracing required is being managed by Public Health, and those considered to be close contacts have been notified. We will continue to take direction and work closely with Public Health. To respect the privacy of this student, we will not be releasing any further information.
At this time, I would like to thank the CBU Return to Campus committee for their good work in preparing for this day. Because of their work, our plan was immediately mobilized and all precautions were in place to keep the community safe.
As always, remember to be kind and protect each other by staying home if you are sick, wearing a mask and respecting physical distancing. We will continue to keep each other safe by working together.
Yours very truly,
David C. Dingwall
President & Vice-Chancellor