- Do I need to wear a mask on campus? +
- Under the Province’s mask mandate order, masks are required for everyone in many public indoor settings including common areas of post-secondary institutions.
- Masks are not required when seated at a desk in a class where individuals can maintain physical distancing. Once a person stands up to move away from that desk, the mask must be worn. A face shield is not considered a substitute for a mask as it has an opening below the mouth.
- The mask requirement does not apply to people unable to wear a mask or put on or remove a mask on their own.
- What are daily health checks? +
- Active health checks are mandatory. The college has added an on-campus attendance and daily health check form to Safe Start Camosun. Employees must have approval from their dean or director before attending campus. Once approved, all employees must complete the attendance form and daily health check prior to coming on campus.
- The revised on-campus employee attendance form is here.
- The college encourages employees to work remotely wherever possible.
- Visitors coming on campus are required to check in with Facilities Services.
- What are the college’s plans for winter 2021? + Updated
- Courses that can be delivered remotely will continue in this format throughout winter 2021, while components that require face-to-face instruction or access to specialized equipment will continue to be delivered in a way that is safe for students and employees.
- Our mixed-delivery model has ensured that students are able to meet all of their learning outcomes.
- The direction from the Provincial Health Officer, the B.C. Government and WorkSafeBC will continue to guide us in the coming months.
- Students can still access all of the supports and services to help them succeed during their time at Camosun. There is also limited access to some library services and the culinary arts students are providing some food and beverage options at Interurban.
- What is novel coronavirus? +
The BC Centre for Disease Control advises a new coronavirus (novel coronavirus COVID-19) is causing respiratory infections. Please refer to the BC Centre for Disease Control website for the latest information available for British Columbia.
- Is Camosun an essential service provider? +
Yes, educational institutions, including public post-secondary institutions such as Camosun, are deemed by the Province to be a non-health essential service provider so long as they operate under rules for physical distancing and other recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer.
At this time, education institutions are required to facilitate remote learning and provide services needed to ensure the safety, security and health of the community, property and research.
- What can I do to help prevent the virus from spreading? +
Public health advice:
- Masks are required in public indoor settings including common areas of post-secondary institutions.
- Stay home unless you have to go to work. Talk to your employer about working from home.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds – especially after using the washroom and when preparing food
- When coughing or sneezing: cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid all non-essential trips in your community.
- Do not gather in groups.
- Limit contact with people at higher risk, such as older adults and those in poor health.
- Go outside to exercise but stay close to home.
- If you leave your home, always keep a distance of at least two metres, from others. Household contacts (people you live with) do not need to distance from each other unless they are sick or have travelled in the last 14 days.
Please refer to the BC Centre for Disease Control website for the latest information available for British Columbia.
- Will vaccines be available in 2021? +
- Right now, there are no vaccines to prevent COVID-19. However, researchers are working hard to develop a vaccine.
- Please refer to the BC Centre for Disease Control website for the latest information available for British Columbia.
- What are the symptoms of COVID-19? + The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses including the flu and common cold. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Cough or worsening of chronic cough
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle aches
While less common, symptoms can also include:
- Stuffy nose
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- Dizziness, confusion
- Abdominal pain
- Skin rashes or discoloration of fingers or toes.
- What should I do if I feel sick or suspect I may have COVID-19? +
If you are concerned you may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of, COVID-19 please phone your primary-care provider, local public health office or call 8-1-1 for free health information and advice. Tell them your symptoms, where you have been travelling or living, and if you’ve had close contact with a sick person, especially if they have had a fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
Note: COVID-19 is a global issue, and is not specific to peoples of any one region. Nor is COVID-19 in any way related to race or ethnicity.
- How is COVID-19 spread? +
Coronavirus is spread from an infected person through:
- Droplets spread when a person coughs or sneezes
- It can be spread by touch if a person has used their hands to cover their mouth or nose when they cough or sneeze.
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.
- When should I self-isolate? +
People who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are waiting to hear the results of a lab test for COVID-19, or have been in contact with a suspected or confirmed case, are required to self-isolate. Self-isolation means staying home and avoiding situations where you could come in contact with others. You may not self-isolate in a place where you will be in contact with vulnerable people, such as seniors and individuals with underlying health conditions.
- How do I self-isolate? +
For the most up-to-date information on how to self-isolate please see the BC Centre for Disease Control website.
- What is the difference between self-isolation and self-monitoring? +
Self-isolation is when an individual is directed to remain at home and avoid close contact with others.
Self-monitoring - If you have been exposed to COVID-19, you must monitor your symptoms for 14 days. This does not necessarily mean that you have COVID-19, but you are at risk for developing the disease and passing the infection on to others. Please see the Ministry of Health’s information on how to self-monitor.
- What is physical distancing and why is important? +
Physical distancing is a way that we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting close contact with others. Even though we are not sick, we should still keep about two meters (six feet) or the length of a queen-sized bed from one another when we can when outside our homes.
- How do I practice physical distancing? +
There are many ways to practice physical distancing:
- Limit activities outside your home.
- Use virtual options to connect with others.
- If you are out in public, try to keep two metres between yourself and others.
- Keep your hands at your side when possible.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cough into your elbow or sleeve.
- Avoid social activities in large gatherings.
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):