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North Bay university offers health-care workers home away from home

Nipissing University hosting health-care workers treating patients during pandemic
2019 Founders House Residence NU
Founders House at Nipissing University will temporarily house North Bay health-care workers who need to self-isolate while treating patients during the pandemic. (Supplied photo)
Nipissing University may be void of students during the COVID-19 pandemic, but its residences are far from empty.

The North Bay school is hosting front-line health-care workers from the North Bay Regional Health Centre who need a safe place to self-isolate from family while treating patients.

Nipissing has set aside four suites at the Monastery building and 55 suites in the Founders House Residence.

Two people can be accommodated in each four-room suite, ensuring a private washroom for each occupant to maintain appropriate physical distancing. 

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“Our local frontline healthcare workers, many of whom are alumni of our institution, need all of our support right now as they work to keep our community safe,” said Dr. Mike DeGagné, Nipissing’s president and vice-chancellor, in an April 24 news release.

“As a university, we have been seeking ways to serve our community during this time and are pleased that we are able to assist in providing a safe space for health-care workers to get some much needed rest while keeping their families, and our community, safe.”

The university said the accommodations are being provided at no cost to the hospital.

After the emergency passes, the space will go through a deep cleaning and sanitization process before being occupied by students, Nipissing said.