NSCAD takes steps to prepare for H1N1 virus
August 25, 2009

A second wave of the H1N1 virus, recently declared a pandemic influenza by the World Health Organization, is expected this fall in Nova Scotia. As a result, NSCAD University is taking steps to minimize the potential impact of H1N1 on students, faculty and staff.

While there are currently no reported cases of the influenza at NSCAD, we are working closely with provincial and local public health officials, and liaising with our colleagues at other local universities.

In the meantime, we recommend everyone take the following steps to reduce the risk of infection:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Consider carrying an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you, just in case.
  • Cough or sneeze into your arm or sleeve. If using tissues, dispose of them into the appropriate receptacle and wash your hands.
  • Frequently clean high-touch surfaces like doorknobs, computer keyboards and telephones.
If you are sick, stay home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and minimize your contact with others. Wait until you are symptom-free and able to resume normal day-to-day activities before returning to the office or classroom.

H1N1 virus symptoms include fever and/or cough and one or more of the following:

  • Unusual tiredness
  • Head, muscle or joint aches, or
  • Sore throat.
NSCAD students with concerns or symptoms should be referred to the Saint Mary’s University Student Health Services Centre. The clinic, located on the fourth floor of the SMU Student Centre, is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Students should call 420-5611 or 496-8778 during office hours or 471-8129 after hours.

Please note: Employees, staff and faculty should report any suspected cases of H1N1 virus immediately to Keera Buchanan, Director of Human Resources, at 494.8131 or nscad.ca.

We also recommend you consult the following government websites for additional information and updates on the status of the H1N1 pandemic:

Public Health Agency of Canada

Nova Scotia Health Promotion and Protection

World Health Organization

The safety of NSCAD students, faculty and staff is paramount. We are monitoring this situation closely, and will continue providing information and resources in the days and weeks to come.