Coronavirus Monitoring and Information

View the Good Neighbour Protocol (PDF)

January 28, 2020

Nurses and nursing organizations like the NSNU are paying close attention to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in China. While there's a low risk of widespread infection in Canada, there are some confirmed cases of the virus in Ontario and British Columbia.

The Nurses’ Union will continue to monitor the situation, working with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Department of Health and Wellness in order to apprise you of any new developments.

In 2009, in response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic, the NSNU and other health care unions signed the Good Neighbour Protocol – an agreement to preserve health services and protect health care workers during emergencies such as a pandemic or natural disaster.

The agreement protects workers' rights in times of crisis and ensures for seamless support across the province should they be required to temporarily work at a different site or location. It ensures workers and volunteers will be properly compensated and protected.

We encourage you to discuss workplace safety with your employers/managers to make certain that personal protective equipment, protocols and preventative measures are in place. We must take the necessary precautions to safeguard against infection.

If you have concerns that the Nurses’ Union may be able to address, please contact us at [at]

Read the Nova Scotia Government's statement on Coronavirus at this link:

Read the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions' statement on Coronavirus at this link:


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