COVID-19 outbreak declared over at Brock University

Niagara Region Public Health on Wednesday, April 21 declared the COVID-19 outbreak over in the student residences on campus at Brock University.

The University has been working closely with Public Health after the outbreak of positive cases was first identified in late March.

At that time, Brock took quick action and shut down virtually all on-campus areas as it moved back down to Brock Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown) in its own pandemic recovery plan. The University and the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre staff worked with Public Health to manage the outbreak investigation.

Wednesday marked 14 days since the last risk for exposure on Brock’s campus associated with the outbreak, allowing Niagara Region Public Health to officially declare the outbreak over.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated support staff and the entire Brock community that came together to address this outbreak and support our students at a time of need,” said Scott Johnstone, Senior Associate Vice-President, Infrastructure and Operations, and Chair of Brock’s Emergency Management Group. “We also want to thank Niagara Region Public Health for their guidance and work supporting us during this outbreak and throughout the past year.”

Brock remains vigilant in the steps being taken to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of its students, faculty and staff are a top priority.

The University will remain in Brock Stage 1 as long as the provincewide lockdown continues, and the vast majority of courses are currently being delivered in an online format. All athletic facilities, computer labs, the library and other areas on campus remain closed.

All Brock employees who are able to work remotely are doing so and for those who must be on campus, face coverings are required on all areas of campus. Access to campus is limited to two checkpoints — through the Rankin Family Pavilion and the east entrance of the Roy and Lois Cairns Health and Bioscience Research Complex.