Niagara College Monitoring Novel Coronavirus

Niagara College continues its active monitoring of information and guidelines related to Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), and is working in cooperation with local health authorities to ensure the College is prepared to respond if the situation evolves.

As of February 3, the overall risk to Canadians and Ontarians remains low. To date, there have been no confirmed cases in Niagara.

While Niagara College operations remain unaffected, steps are being taken to enhance health and safety measures college-wide. As the current situation coincides with flu season, additional hand sanitizer stations are being installed at both campuses to minimize the spread of germs, and information about good hand hygiene and cough etiquette are shared via the college’s key communications channels.

Students, staff and faculty who are ill should stay home until they are well. Rest, drink plenty of fluids, and speak to a health care professional about over-the-counter medications that can help you feel better. Flexibility in accommodating academic absences due to illness will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

If you have travelled to Wuhan City or Hubei Province in China recently and develop symptoms, avoid contact with others and contact your health care professional. If you don’t have a health care professional, contact Niagara Region Public Health. Call ahead to allow health care staff to manage your case appropriately. If you have travelled to Wuhan City or Hubei Province in China recently but are not experiencing symptoms, you should self-monitor and contact public health or a healthcare provider if symptoms appear, or if you have questions or concerns. Niagara Region Public Health can be reached at 905-688-3762 or 1-800-263-7248 or after hours at 905-984-3690. A Coronavirus Information Line is also available at 905-688-8248 ext. 7330.

Niagara Region Public Health has provided a Q&A document for educational facilities in Niagara, which addresses issues such as symptoms, risk, severity, transmission and prevention, travel precautions, and steps being taken locally to protect residents from the Coronavirus. The document can be viewed here.

On January 30, the World Health Organization declared the Novel Coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, indicating the event is a public health risk potentially requiring a coordinated international response. Canadians have been advised to avoid any non-essential travel to China, and all travel to the Hubei province.

With heightened concern and attention related to this evolving international health issue, information is flowing quickly via multiple channels and in some cases is unverified or false. Please be sure to consult public health authorities for the most current and accurate information regarding Coronavirus. Information and regular updates on the status of the Corona virus are available on the Ontario Ministry of Health’s dedicated website, the Health Canada website, and the Niagara Region Public Health website.
Reminder:
Symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus include
–  Fever
– Cough
-Difficulty breathing
To prevent the spread of infectious diseases and to keep healthy, follow these simple steps:
-Stay home if you are sick. Return when you are well
-Wash your hands. Use soap and water or hand sanitizer
-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your sleeve
-Avoid shaking hands and close contact with people who are sick.

(Source: Niagara College news release)

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