Coronavirus (COVID-19) — help prevent the spread of illness

As you know, the global situation regarding the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) is fast changing with about 50 countries, including Canada, now reporting cases.

At this stage, the Public Health Agency of Canada continues to determine the risk as low for Canada. However, we do recognize that the uncertain nature of this virus means you may have questions and concerns.

Information has been posted for students and visitors at This is being updated regularly following advice and guidance from provincial health agencies.

The web page has lots of useful information — including health advice, preventing the transmission of viral infections, links to travel advisories and what to do if you (or someone you know) displays symptoms.

You are encouraged to bookmark and visit it regularly.

You can also play a part in helping to prevent the spread of colds, flu and viruses on our campuses. The advice from health agencies is:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • If a sink is not available, 60-90% alcohol-based hand rubs (hand sanitizer) can be used to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, you can use an alcohol-based disposable hand wipe to remove the dirt and then use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow, and then wash your hands.
  • Stay home when you are ill to avoid spreading the illness to others.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with an infection.

Together we can all play a part in helping to keep our campuses safe and healthy.

Ainsley Carry
Vice-President, Students

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