Lastest update: March 27, 2020
We recognize the coronavirus (COVID-19) is new and different and therefore is understandably causing concern among people.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and general tiredness; however, a small percentage of people have serious symptoms, such as pneumonia. If you show any of these symptoms and have travelled lately or been in contact with anyone who might have the coronavirus, you should follow the advice of all provincial health services for determining whether to self-isolate. Provincial health services advise that to reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses, including flu and COVID-19, please remember:
- Wash your hands often and well
- Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
- Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
- When sick, cover your cough and sneezes and then wash your hands
- COVID-19 guidance and recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer are available online at the BC Pandemic Preparedness website.
- Please monitor the BC Centre for Disease Control website for updates, information and resources.
- For non-health related COVID-19 questions (e.g. supports, programs, etc), a new dedicated phone line has been set up at 1-888-COVID-19.
- If you require advice regarding a potential COVID-19 case, please contact your local Medical Health Officer.
General Questions and Answers:
What precautions are the campuses taking in regards of COVID-19? We are closely monitoring the situation, with guidance from provincial health authorities, Public Health Canada, and Global Affairs Canada. We will take all reasonable precautions, prioritizing the health and safety of students and employees.
How will the campuses ensure operational continuity? We are working with the appropriate provincial and federal health authorities who will guide our response, ensuring the safety and health of the campus community is our first priority.
Which health and travel authorities are providing the campuses with direction about appropriate precautions?
- Provincial Health Authorities
- Public Health Canada
- Global Affairs Canada
Could classes be cancelled? Please refer to the top of the page for most up-to-date information on campus closures.
When should a student self-quarantine? Students should follow the advice of their provincial health authorities, or their doctor, for determining whether to self-quarantine.
If students self-quarantine as guided by their provincial health authorities, or doctor, who should they notify and what are the academic implications? Students should notify their instructor or relevant contact who will let them know of the academic implications.
Can campuses advise a student to quarantine? We can advise students to self-quarantine as directed by provincial or federal health authorities, or doctor.
What do students do if they are worried about getting COVID-19 from other students who appear to have symptoms? Please inform your instructor or department of study, who will consult with Health and Safety on a case-by-case basis.
Will there be changes to student travel as a result? If a student has recently travelled outside of Canada, they will need to inform their campus. At this time, Global Affairs Canada has issued a global travel advisory and have recommended everyone in Canada to avoid non essential travel outside of the country.
As guided by travel advisories from Global Affairs Canada, we will monitor and update as the situation evolves.