COVID-19 community update

Nov. 21, 2020

We have learned that members of our UNB Saint John community may have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19. New Brunswick Public Health has verified that the individuals in question are in self-isolation and are being closely monitored.

The health and safety of our community is our top priority. New Brunswick Public Health has absolute authority in this matter. UNB is working with New Brunswick Public Health and is taking all guidance and direction from them. New Brunswick Public Health will identify and notify all individuals who may be have been exposed to confirmed cases.

Due to strict confidentiality and privacy concerns, UNB is provided with only the necessary information required to support contact tracing. New Brunswick Public Health conducts extensive contact tracing to determine possible exposure.

  • If you have NOT been contacted directly by New Brunswick Public Health, you are not considered to have been exposed.
  • New Brunswick Public Health has been in contact with individuals that may be affected through contact tracing and has provided instructions for testing, self-monitoring and self-isolation.

In consultation with Public Health, it has been determined that we can safely continue in-person course delivery while ensuring strict adherence to the Public Health guidelines. This includes wearing masks indoors and outdoors in all public spaces while in the orange phase, continuously maintaining a 2-metre physical distance from others and limiting social gatherings to one household.


We encourage you to support each other during this difficult time for our community and download the COVID Alert app.

COVID Alert is a secure, reliable and user-friendly app designed to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Along with physical distancing, wearing a mask and other important steps, knowing what to do if you have been exposed to COVID-19 is another way to protect yourself. The more people who use it, the more effective it will be in helping to protect each other and our communities. For more information on the COVID Alert app:

Check your university email regularly in the days and weeks ahead. We will be reassessing and evaluating the situation continuously and issuing regular communication updates as they become available.

Stay healthy and stay safe,

Paul J. Mazerolle
President and Vice-Chancellor

Petra Hauf
Vice-President Saint John

See past community updates