What to do if you're sick

Instructions for students, faculty and staff

Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 should stay home (not attend classes or on-campus work) until they are no longer infectious.

Even though self-isolation is no longer a Public Health requirement, we continue to ask our Dal community to make the right choice and stay home to avoid bringing COVID-19 and other illnesses into classes, workspaces and campus services.

Everyone is strongly encouraged to exercise caution in their activities while absent: maintaining appropriate distancing from others; following standard hygiene best practices; following Public Health guidelines for mask-wearing. For more information on what to do in case of infection, visit the Nova Scotia Health website.

If you have symptoms:

Students who have symptoms of COVID-19 can obtain a box of COVID-19 rapid tests at the Dalhousie Student Health & Wellness Centre (Halifax) or Health Services (Truro).

Instructions for students on how to pick up rapid tests

Rapid tests provided through Dalhousie Student Health and Wellness are only available to Dal students and are only indicated for individuals with symptoms.

  • Students in Halifax can pick up your box of rapid tests at the front desk of the Student Health & Wellness Centre. No appointment is needed.
    • You must wear a mask when visiting the Dalhousie Student Health & Wellness Centre. When you arrive at the centre, we may be required to take a number, depending on how busy the centre is.
  •  Students in Truro can pick up your box of rapid tests at Health Services. Please email healthac@dal.ca or phone 902-893-6300 to arrange pick-up.
    • You must wear a mask when visiting Health Services.

If you are not well enough to pick up your own rapid tests, ask a family member or a friend to pick up and deliver to them to you. If you are in residence and are not well enough to pick up your own rapid tests. email reslife@dal.ca (Halifax) or resdalac@dal.ca (Truro).

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should stay home as much as possible until you are able to be tested. Avoid any in-person interaction with others. If you must be around others, maintain your distance as much as possible and wear a mask.

Faculty, staff and other Dal community members with symptoms should follow instructions at nshealth.ca/coronavirus to obtain a box of rapid tests.

If you test positive for COVID-19:
Follow provincial instructions at nshealth.ca/i-have-tested-positive.
Complete the Nova Scotia Report and Screening form to help identify if additional supports are needed.

Additional instructions for students

Follow your course and/or program’s policy for student illness and missed classes, including the Student Declaration of Absence process as applicable.

Additional instructions for employees

Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 should refrain from working on campus. Employees who are able to work from home are encouraged to do so if they are feeling well enough to conduct their work. If an employee is required to miss work due to COVID-19, they should take sick leave in accordance with the provisions of their collective agreement or handbook.


Students, faculty and staff whose circumstances require them to seek out a longer-term disability or human-rights accommodation related to COVID-19 are encouraged to do so.

Proof of recovery

How to request of a Proof of Recovery letter for travel purposes