Second COVID case confirmed at Nipissing University

Individual also at Robert J. Surtees Student Athletics Centre this week

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Nipissing University is reporting another case of COVID-19 involving a member of the school community.

“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,” a statement published Friday afternoon on the university’s website says.

“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 university says the individual lives off campus, but was in the athletics centre on Monday and Tuesday.

The person is Nipissing’s second confirmed case of COVID-19 after the university reported Wednesday that a member of the school community had tested positive for COVID-19.

That individual also lives off campus, but was in the athletics centre Nov. 13.

As a result, the centre was closed for deep cleaning before reopening.

The university says it has developed “comprehensive protocols,” in consultation with the health unit, for any reported confirmed case of COVID-19.

Nipissing also publishes its number of positive cases on its website weekdays, with cases 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,” the university’s notice Friday said.

“Individuals attending campus must wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing.”

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 is asked not to visit campus and instead, self-isolate immediately and get tested.

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

The notice from Nipissing came after the local health unit reported one new case of COVID-19 in the region Friday involving a person living in Parry Sound District who was exposed to COVID-19 through close contact with a confirmed case.

No cases were reported as resolved, leaving the region’s active case count at 11, including nine in Nipissing District and two in Parry Sound District.

Individual cases also were confirmed Wednesday at the North Bay YMCA and at Canadore College last week.

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