Nipissing University confirms positive COVID-19 case on campus

North Bay, ON – Nipissing University has received notification that a member of our campus community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual resides off campus but was in the Robert J. Surtees Athletics Centre Friday, November 13, 2020. 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. 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 individual notified the university quickly after testing positive.  As a result, the Robert J. Surtees Athletics Centre will be closed effective November 18, 2020 to complete an extensive deep cleaning. Additional care-taking staff will be allocated to perform cleaning of all high touch areas, equipment and all spaces potentially accessed.

Nipissing University has developed comprehensive protocols for any reported confirmed case of COVID-19. These have been developed in close consultation with the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit.

Nipissing University provides information about positive cases on campus on the Positive Cases on Campus website. The Positive Cases on Campus website is updated daily, Monday to Friday. Cases reported on this page are 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. Individuals attending campus must wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing.

Staff, faculty and students are reminded to adhere to public health guidelines including physical distancing, wearing a face covering, washing or sanitizing hands often, not touching your face, and coughing or sneezing into your sleeve. Individuals with any symptoms of COVID-19 should not visit campus, but instead should self-isolate immediately and get tested.

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



Meghan Venasse 
Manager, Communications 
Nipissing University 
705-474-3450 ext. 4615