COVID-19

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COVID-19 response

Okanagan College has been committed to student and employee health and safety throughout the COVID-19 response, following Provincial Health Office guidelines. Following the guidance of the Government of B.C. and Provincial Health Office, we will continue to create and maintain a safe and rewarding learning environment through the transition through this phase of the pandemic. We encourage students and employees to visit these pages often for updates.

What to do if you are sick

OC strongly encourages everyone to refer to the BC Centre for Disease Control’s website for details on self-isolation, self-monitoring and testing. Find out more by clicking on the links below.

6 things you need to know to be on campus

Wondering what the latest guidance is? Here is a primer on the 6 daily requirements for studying, working and visiting campus.

1. Do your part by being vaccinated.

2. If you are sick, stay home. Complete your health check daily.

3. Masks are required on campus; ensure you properly wear a good quality mask.

4. Practice good hand hygiene.

 

5. Practice physical distancing wherever possible.

6. If you need support, reach out.

Latest updates

Jan 24, 2022

On Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, BC post-secondary institutions received this letter from Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Dr. Bonnie Henry.  

In…

Jan 20, 2022

On Jan. 17, 2022, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer (PHO) updated orders relating to gatherings and events, as well as food and liquor serving…

Jan 14, 2022

Okanagan College received the following COVID-19 update from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training on Jan. 13, 2022: 

Jan 10, 2022

In regard to the Omicron variant, Okanagan College understands that many students and employees will have questions about what do to if sick or…

Jan 7, 2022

Okanagan College received the following update from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training on Friday, Jan. 7. Note: Okanagan…

Communicable Disease Plan

Please review the College’s Communicable Disease Plan. It outlines the preventative measures and careful planning in place to protect the health and safety of all on our campuses, in accordance with guidance from the Province of BC, the Provincial Health Officer, the BC Centre for Disease Control, WorkSafeBC, Interior Health and the First Nations Health Authority. 

Complete your personal daily health check

All OC students, employees and visitors are to perform a personal daily health check before coming on campus. Please review the following questions, which you’ll see posted on entrances to OC facilities: 

  • Have you travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days and are not fully vaccinated?  
  • Have you been identified by Public Health as a close contact of someone with COVID-19?  
  • Have you been told to isolate by Public Health?  
  • Are you experiencing any of the following new or worsening symptoms: 
  • Fever or chills 
  • Cough 
  • Loss of sense of smell 
  • Loss of sense of taste 
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Sore throat 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Extreme fatigue or tiredness 
  • Headache 
  • Body aches 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 

If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, do not come to or remain on campus and refer to HealthLink BC by calling 811. Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone at  OC safe and healthy. 

    More information

    • Students: please contact your instructor or Dean’s Office or review Frequently Asked Questions
    • Employees: please contact your supervisor or review Frequently Asked Questions
    • Visitors: Please review OC’s Communicable Disease Plan and check back on this page for the latest updates.

    Available services

    Learn how to access services in-person or online and find hours and contact information.

    Get involved

    OC is a tight-knit community. Join in on the fun on campus and through virtual events.

    Online resources

    Need help making the transition to online learning or instructions to learning platforms?

    Your health

    OC cares about your mental and physical health. Check out info and supports available to you.