Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

  • Positive case of COVID-19 at Brock

    A member of the Brock community has tested positive for COVID-19.

    The individual last visited campus on Monday, April 12 and, following the University protocols around positive cases, those areas have now been fully cleaned and disinfected. Contact tracing has now been completed.

    The community is reminded that pandemic guidelines and restrictions remain in effect as efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 continue.

  • Medical masks required during Brock Stage 1

    Starting Monday, April 26, all faculty, staff, students and visitors to Brock University will be required to wear a medical-grade mask while on campus, including inside buildings, outdoors on Brock property and while alone in University-owned vehicles.

    The requirement, which will be in effect while the University remains in Brock Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown) of its pandemic response and recovery plan, is a further step in the effort to help reduce the spread and risk associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

    All Winter Term exams wrapped up Friday, April 23 and virtually all Spring/Summer courses are being offered online. Under Brock Stage 1 and the current provincewide lockdown, anyone who is able to work from home should, and only those who absolutely must be on campus are permitted to be there.

    Since the appearance of medical- and non-medical-grade disposable masks can be very similar, Health Canada-approved disposable medical-grade masks will be provided at the two entry checkpoints: the Rankin Family Pavilion and the Roy and Lois Cairns Health and Bioscience Research Complex. They may also be provided to departments working on campus by Brock supervisors.

    Brock departments will be able to order their own supply of medical-grade masks through the Workday system. It is recommended that these masks are replaced every 3.5 hours of use, or anytime they get dirty, wet or damaged.

    While this medical-grade mask requirement is currently in place during Brock Stage 1, measures for other stages will be announced in the future.

  • Positive case of COVID-19 on campus

    A member of the Brock community has tested positive for COVID-19.

    The individual last visited campus on Monday, April 12 and, following the University protocols around positive cases, those areas have now been fully cleaned and disinfected. Contact tracing has now been completed.

    The community is reminded that pandemic guidelines and restrictions remain in effect as efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 continue.

  • 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.

  • Brock community reminded to stay vigilant as pandemic measures continue

    The Government of Ontario announced significant additional measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 on Friday, April 16 and Brock University is reminding its community about its own pandemic response measures.

    The University has been operating in Brock Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown) of its own COVID-19 response framework since late March in response to an outbreak in its on-campus student residences.

    Although that outbreak has stabilized and only one student remains in isolation on campus, Brock will remain in Stage 1 of its response until at least May 5, when the provincewide lockdown has been extended until.

    Under Brock Stage 1, all Winter Term final exams, which run until Friday, April 23, are being held in a virtual format and multiple areas on campus are closed (see full list of measures below).

    The Spring Term starts on Monday, May 3 and the vast majority of courses will begin the term in an online format.

    Brock faculty and staff are reminded that all existing measures put in place early in the pandemic remain in effect until further notice, such as a ban on all business travel, the need for face coverings to be worn in all areas on campus, and that anyone who is able to be working from home must be doing so.

    In addition, the following measures are in place as long as the University remains in Brock Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown):

    • The majority of Spring Term classes will start the term in an online format.
    • Athletic facilities in the Walker Sports Complex including the Zone Fitness Centre, Brock pool, gymnasia and Brock Sport Performance Centre are temporarily closed.
    • Common areas such as the James A. Gibson Library and Computer Commons are temporarily closed.
    • Beginning April 27, the Library’s Archives and Special Collections will be open by appointment to Brock faculty and student researchers on Tuesdays and Thursdays. At least 24 hours notice is required to make an appointment. For more information, visit the Archives and Special Collections website.
    • Time-sensitive research, including some in-person human research can be authorized. See the Research FAQs for more information.
    • In any additional operational areas of campus where the risk of transmission is high, mitigation measures are being taken.
  • Brock University COVID-19 update for April 16

    As of Friday, April 16, 65 of the cases involving Brock University residence students who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have been resolved. Two students remain in isolation on campus in relation to the outbreak.

    Brock continues to work closely with Niagara Region Public Health after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared in student residences on Friday, March 26. The University is currently operating in Brock Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown), with all classes being held online and common areas on campus closed until further notice.

    Separate from the cases arising from the outbreak, a member of the Brock community tested positive for COVID-19. They were last on campus Friday, April 9 and the areas the person had visited are receiving additional cleaning. Contact tracing is currently underway.

    The University reminds all members of the Brock community, students, faculty and staff, to respect and adhere to public health guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    Any students who are experiencing symptoms or have a medical concern are asked to contact Student Health Services immediately at Covid19Nurse@Brocku.ca

    Further updates will be provided as they become available.

  • Brock University COVID-19 update for April 14

    As of Wednesday, April 14, 65 of the cases involving Brock University residence students who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have been resolved. Two cases in the Brock community remain active. Three students remain in isolation on campus in relation to the outbreak.

    Brock continues to work closely with Niagara Region Public Health after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared in student residences on Friday, March 26. The University is currently operating in Brock Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown), with all classes being held online and common areas on campus closed until further notice.

    The University reminds all members of the Brock community, students, faculty and staff, to respect and adhere to public health guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    Any students who are experiencing symptoms or have a medical concern are asked to contact Student Health Services immediately at Covid19Nurse@Brocku.ca

    Further updates will be provided as they become available.

  • Brock University COVID-19 update for April 9

    As of Friday, April 9, 54 of the cases involving Brock University residence students who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have been resolved and five cases remain active among students living in on-campus residences.

    Brock continues to work closely with Niagara Region Public Health after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared in student residences on Friday, March 26. The University is currently operating in Brock Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown), with all classes being held online and common areas on campus closed until further notice.

    Including those students who have tested positive for COVID-19, there are a total of 18 students currently isolating in self-contained units in relation to the declared outbreak.

    The change in numbers represents a number of cases which have been cleared through recovery and additional testing and others who are recovering off-campus.

    The University reminds all members of the Brock community, students, faculty and staff, to respect and adhere to public health guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    Any students who are experiencing symptoms or have a medical concern are asked to contact Student Health Services immediately at Covid19Nurse@Brocku.ca

    Further updates will be provided as they become available.

  • Brock University COVID-19 update for April 8

    As of Thursday, April 8, 56 of the cases involving Brock University residence students who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have been resolved and four cases remain active among students living in on-campus residences.

    Brock continues to work closely with Niagara Region Public Health after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared in student residences on Friday, March 26. The University is currently operating in Brock Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown), with all classes being held online and common areas on campus closed until further notice.

    Including those students who have tested positive for COVID-19, there are a total of 31 students currently isolating in self-contained units in relation to the declared outbreak.

    The change in numbers represents a number of cases which have been cleared through recovery and additional testing and others who are recovering off-campus.

    The University reminds all members of the Brock community, students, faculty and staff, to respect and adhere to public health guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    Any students who are experiencing symptoms or have a medical concern are asked to contact Student Health Services immediately at Covid19Nurse@Brocku.ca

    Further updates will be provided as they become available.

  • Brock University COVID-19 update for April 7

    As of Wednesday, April 7, 53 of the cases involving Brock University residence students who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have been resolved and six cases remain active among students living in on-campus residences.

    Brock continues to work closely with Niagara Region Public Health after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared in student residences on Friday, March 26. The University is currently operating in Brock Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown), with all classes being held online and common areas on campus closed until further notice.

    Including those students who have tested positive for COVID-19, there are a total of 36 students currently isolating in self-contained units in relation to the declared outbreak.

    The change in numbers represents a number of cases which have been cleared through recovery and additional testing and others who are recovering off-campus.

    The University reminds all members of the Brock community, students, faculty and staff, to respect and adhere to public health guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    Any students who are experiencing symptoms or have a medical concern are asked to contact Student Health Services immediately at Covid19Nurse@Brocku.ca

    Further updates will be provided as they become available.