Update: March 6, 2020
Camosun College continues to follow the advice of the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Public Health Agency of Canada regarding COVID-19
Camosun College continues to follow the advice of the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Public Health Agency of Canada regarding COVID-19. At this point in time, the college has no COVID-19 cases presumed or confirmed.
Follow the same advice that public health officials recommend for the cold and flu season: wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, avoid others who are unwell, and stay home when you are sick.
The most important thing you can do to prevent coronavirus and other illnesses is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
Cover your mouth when you cough so you're not exposing other people. If you are sick yourself, stay away from others. Contact your health-care provider ahead of time so you can be safely assessed.
Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing), of COVID-19, should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1.
International work-related travel by college employees
The spread of the COVID-19 virus is having a global impact on international travel, conferences and events. It is important to bear in mind that information about COVID-19 is fast-changing, and this can mean that circumstances can change as quickly as information is received.
At this time, Camosun College is recommending that employees restrict any work-related international travel as we look into the full implications.
As of March 6, there are travel health notices in place for COVID-19 in China, Iran, Northern Italy, Japan and South Korea.
As a reminder, the college’s travel policy does not permit the purchase of “trip cancellation” insurance. It has, historically, been more cost effective to absorb the cost of cancelled flights and plan ahead than to incur the extra cost of trip cancellation insurance. At this time of travel uncertainty for the airlines, the cost of trip cancellation insurance has also either dramatically increased, or is not being offered at all.
Manulife has issued a bulletin on precautions for members of the college’s group benefits plan.
Please check ahead, plan accordingly and give the latest Government of Canada travel advisories a good read.
Links to more information:
- For recommendations on protecting yourself and others, visit the BC Centre for Disease Control website.
- For the latest Canadian updates, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website.
- Government of Canada travel advisories and travel health notices.
- The latest global counts are available on the World Health Organization map.
- Camosun College FAQS on COVID-19.
- Recommendations to the post-secondary sector from the Provincial Health Officer.
- A WHO guide to preventing and addressing social stigma.
COVID-19 Safety Plan
The most current copy of the college’s COVID-19 Safety Plan is available here.
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- World Health Organization
- Travel & Tourism Canada
- COVID-19 Stigma Guide
- Ministry of Health BC COVID-19 symptom self-assessment tool
- How COVID-19 is affecting IRCC
- For non-health related COVID-19 questions (e.g. supports, programs, etc):