Okanagan College - Coronavirus Information

Updated: 

9:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

Okanagan College continues to monitor updates and recommendations regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the province. Facilities and Business Services has implemented an enhanced cleaning protocol, ensuring surfaces such as door handles, push bars, sink faucets etc. are sanitized on a daily basis at all OC campuses and Centres. 

The Office of the Provincial Health Officer and the B.C. Centre for Disease Control has released new recommendations for post-secondary students, faculty and staff to help reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses such as coronavirus, colds, and influenza: 

  • 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. 

The recommendations note that it is not necessary to cancel school events, outings or field trips to public locations. Read the full list of recommendations here.

 

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, issued the following joint statement regarding updates on COVID-19 in British Columbia:

“All B.C. patients with COVID-19 continue to recover in isolation at home and under care by public-health teams. In total, seven people have tested positive for COVID-19. The first individual has recovered, as indicated by the resolution of symptoms, followed by two successive negative test results 24 hours apart.

“In recent days, we have seen an increasing number of countries around the world with a growing number of cases. While the risk of spread of this virus within British Columbia remains low at this time, we are watching the global evolution of COVID-19 carefully and are focusing efforts on containing the spread of COVID-19 in B.C. and in Canada.

Read the full statement here.


3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

On Feb. 24, Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in British Columbia, including a new case, which brings the total cases in B.C. to seven. (The first individual to have contracted the virus has now recovered.) The new case is an individual living in the Fraser Health Region. Says the statement:

“We are announcing a seventh case of COVID-19 in B.C. The person affected was in close contact with the previously reported sixth case announced on Feb. 20, 2020. Both cases remain in isolation at home with support and monitoring from public health teams."

Read the full statement here.

The Office of the Provincial Health Officer and the B.C. Centre for Disease Control has released new recommendations for post-secondary students, faculty and staff regarding ways in which to prevent the spread the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Recommendations include 
measures that all students, faculty, and staff can take to help reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses such as coronavirus, colds, and influenza: 

  • 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. 

The recommendations note that it is not necessary to cancel school events, outings or field trips to public locations. Read the full list of recommendations here.


9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020

On Feb. 14, Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, issued another joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus. Included in the statement was the announcement of a new presumptive case located in the Interior Health region. Read the full statement here.



8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020

On Feb. 11, Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in British Columbia:

“B.C. continues to have only four confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV. All four cases are in stable condition and are recovering in isolation at home. All close contacts of these cases are being followed closely by public health officials and remain asymptomatic. …

We want to reassure people that the risk of this virus spreading within B.C. remains low at this time. We are watching the evolution of the outbreak in China closely and will notify the public if the measures we need to take in B.C. change.”

Read the full statement here



10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2020

On Thursday, Feb. 6 at 3:10 p.m., Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in British Columbia:

“We are announcing two new cases of novel coronavirus in B.C. The people affected are in the same household and have been in close contact with the previously reported second confirmed case announced on Feb. 5.”

This brings the total cases in B.C. to four as of Feb 6. The statement notes that the risk of spread of the virus within B.C. remains low.

“We want to reassure people that the risk of spread of this virus within British Columbia remains low at this time. We are watching the situation very closely and will notify the public if measures in B.C. change. The goal is rapid identification of potential cases, timely care for those who need it and prevention of local transmission.” 

Read the full statement here


1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2020

On Feb. 1, the Government of Canada issued a travel alert advising Canadians to avoid all unnecessary travel to China and to avoid all travel to Hubei Province. Find the latest federal travel alerts and updates here. The Province of B.C. issued a media release at 12:30 p.m. today, outlining provincial efforts to coordinate with the federal government, which is working to bring home all Canadians currently in Hubei Province. The release also notes that there continues to be one confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus in B.C.


8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer (PHO), has issued a statement confirming the first case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in B.C., noting:

“The risk of spread of this virus within British Columbia remains low at this time. All necessary precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of infection. We have multiple systems in place to prepare for, detect and respond to prevent the spread of serious infectious diseases in the province.

Read the full statement here.

10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020

B.C.'s Minister of Health, Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, issued a joint statement this morning regarding a case of a novel coronavirus, the first presumed positive case in B.C. and the control protocols in place. Read the statement here.


3:05 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2020


Okanagan College is monitoring developments with regard to the spread of the Novel Coronavirus, which was first reported in December, in Wuhan, China. 


While the first cases of coronavirus have been reported in Canada, as of Jan. 27, Health Canada and the Centre for Disease Control reported the risk as low in Canada and the United States. 


That noted, it is timely to consider the advice of health officials on what may be done to reduce the likelihood of contracting a virus, including influenza:

  • wash your hands thoroughly and often
  • cough and sneeze into the bend of your arm, not into your hand
  • clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched by many people 
  • avoid touching your face.

Students, staff, and faculty travelling internationally, especially in or around China, should take extra precautions to protect themselves against any viruses.


If you are concerned you may have come in contact with the coronavirus, or may be showing symptoms, you are encouraged to remain at home and contact your doctor or call BC Health Line at 811 to talk to a nurse for more information on what you should do.


For more information on coronavirus, visit:


canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus.html


BC Centre for Disease Control


Interior Health Authority


Government of Canada statement on Novel Coronavirus and travel advice and advisories


Vancouver Coastal Health, Statement on Coronavirus

Click the thumbnail below for a graphic of suggested coronavirus preparedness measures. Credit: CBC News.
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