Nova Scotia Public Health has informed Dalhousie University that two students tested positive for COVID-19.
"The two students who have confirmed positive for COVID-19 are self-isolating, as required, and we are appreciative of their actions to seek testing and wish them a speedy recovery," says an update. "The students are studying virtually and are not associated with our residence community."
When a new COVID-19 case is confirmed, Nova Scotia Public Health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. It also contacts people who may be affected through contact tracing and will provide instructions to those people.
When there is a potential community exposure, Nova Scotia Public Health also issues exposure notifications. Currently, it has not issued an exposure notification for any of Dalhousie University's campuses.
As Nova Scotia sees a rise in COVID-19 cases, Nova Scotia Public Health says one driving force is socialization among people between the ages of 18 and 35.
Dalhousie University suggests the community follows public health guidelines, which includes keeping small social groups, avoiding large gatherings, wearing a mask, maintaining a safe social distance, practicing good hand washing and staying home if sick.
Starting Nov. 23, gathering limits in indoor spaces is being reduced to five people in the Halifax area. People who don't follow public health restrictions could receive a fine.
Dalhousie University staff from its student health and wellness teams in both Halifax and Truro are available for support. They can be reached at 902-494-2171 (Halifax) or 902-893-6369 (Truro). People can also call 811 for advice.
More information on COVID-19 can be found on Nova Scotia's coronavirus website.