Second COVID-19 case at Nova Scotia university as students return from holiday break

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ANTIGONISH, N.S. — A second student has tested positive for COVID-19 at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia as students return to campus after the holidays.

Andy Hakin, president and vice-chancellor of the school in Antigonish, N.S., says the student has been isolating in residence and following safety protocols since arriving on Tuesday.

He says the case appears to be unrelated to a previous positive COVID-19 test result of a student who arrived on campus last Sunday.

Hakin says Nova Scotia public health officials are overseeing any necessary tracing of close contacts while St. F.X. is also reaching out to anyone considered a low-risk contact.

Nova Scotia universities have grappled with managing the return of students after the Christmas break.

Nova Scotia announced Friday that anyone entering the province from New Brunswick will now be required to self-isolate for two weeks, leaving only students who travelled to Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador over the holidays exempt from the 14-day rule.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 9, 2021.

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