Camosun expresses its sorrow and stands alongside the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc

Camosun College is horrified by the news that the remains of 215 children have been found in the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School, which sat on the traditional territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc. Our hearts go out to the families and communities who were and are directly affected by this news and by the original loss of their children. We are all affected. This affirms Camosun’s commitment to redressing the impact of our shared history. In memory of these children, Camosun flags on both campuses will be lowered.

COVID-19 contact tracing and notification protocols

Latest Update: June 1, 2021

From the College Executive Team

With the transition to a full return to campus in September 2021 it important for the college community to be aware of the current COVID-19 contact tracing and notification protocols to minimize any confusion or rumours. The college will continue to provide updates in the event that this information changes.

All colleges and universities in British Columbia follow a sector-wide approach to COVID-19 case management, contact tracing and communication. Public health authorities are responsible for determining notification processes and requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19.

In the event of a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case on campus, a case manager from Island Health contacts one of the college’s pre-designated contacts (Vice-President, Administration and Chief Financial Officer, or Emergency Manager and OHS Coordinator) by phone or email, and sends a notification letter. Island Health may ask the college to assist in notifying close contacts, assisting in the identification of people who may have been exposed, distribution of materials prepared by the public health authorities, or supporting public notification efforts. Island Health may disclose limited information about a confirmed case in the campus community to maintain personal information privacy rights.

The severity of the exposure is classed by Island Health as either low-risk or high-risk based on a number of factors such as protective measures in place, the length of time the person was on campus, how many people they may have been in contact with and the contact duration. The definition from Island Health is: High-risk contact is generally described as interaction >15 minutes, within six feet, without masks.

For complete details of contract tracing and the notification process, see page seven in the current Go-Forward Guidelines. Until the revised Guidelines are implemented on Aug, 1, 2021, the current Guidelines remain in effect.

Contact tracing steps

  • A person tests positive for COVID-19 and they become a “case.”
  • The lab completing the testing informs Island Health and a public health nurse is assigned to interview the case to identify people they’ve spent time with. People with prolonged close contact with the case during their infectious period are “contacts.”
  • Island Health gets in touch with the contacts and asks them about symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Not every contact needs to be identified: only those who could have been exposed to the case’s respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing or speaking – this takes close and prolonged contact.
  • Island Health maintains the case’s privacy. A case can choose to tell others about their diagnosis but should not do their own contact tracing and nor should others (e.g. employers).
  • Contacts with symptoms are sent for testing. If they test positive, they become a ‘case’ and the process repeats.
  • Contacts with no symptoms are asked to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days after their last contact with the case (while they may be in the incubation period of the infection).

Further information:

  • College information about COVID-19 is posted to;
  • Flights and other places or events with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are listed on the BCCDC website;
  • Regional information on public exposures and current outbreaks for Island Health; and,
  • Page seven of the current Go-Forward Guidelines outlines contact tracing and notification protocols.

Useful links:
COVID-19 safety employee and workplace leaders training and initial screening
On-campus attendance & daily health-check form
Camosun College COVID-19 Safety Plan
Safe Start Request Form
BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool
Return-to-Campus Primer
Go-Forward Guidelines
Island Health – Provincial Health Orders and Enforcement

Illustration of the COVID 19 virus

COVID-19 updates

Past updates detailing Camosun College's response to COVID-19

Contact information

Rodney Porter

Executive Director, Communications and Marketing

Camosun College