February 18th, 2020
Current situation in Canada
As of February 16, 2020, 8 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Canada.
Areas in Canada with confirmed cases
|Province or territory
Risk to Canadians
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada. Public health risk is continually reassessed as new information becomes available.
Overall, the risk to Canadian travelers abroad is low.
The risk to Canadian travelers to China is assessed as high. The Government of Canada recommends avoiding:
- all non-essential travel to China
- all travel to Hubei Province, China, including Wuhan city
Travelers coming from Hubei province to Canada continue to be at an increased risk for COVID-19. If you have travelled to Hubei province in the last 14 days, limit your contact with others for a total of 14 days from the date that you left Hubei. This means self-isolate and stay at home. Contact the local public health authority in your province or territory within 24 hours of arriving in Canada. This will reduce your risk of spreading infection to others.
The research and data on COVID-19 continues to grow and evolve. PHAC will continue to adapt their advice for travelers based on the latest science available.
February 12, 2020
The College of New Caledonia is closely monitoring the ongoing coronavirus situation and taking the appropriate precautions for limiting the impact to our campus community. We are working closely with public health officials and following their lead and direction.
The Canadian Public Health Agency has assessed the current risk for Canadians as "low."
A response coordination committee, made up of members from key areas of the College, is working to coordinate the College’s response and prepare for any cases directly impacting our campus community. Tyson von den Steinen, Director of Safety & Security is chairing this committee. At this point in time, CNC has no cases presumed or confirmed.
It has been reported in other places around the world that individuals have been unfairly targeted or subjected to discrimination resulting from a misplaced perception that they may be a carrier of a communicable disease based on their perceived disability, race, ancestry, place of origin or otherwise. Fortunately, this isn’t anything we’ve seen happening at CNC but would like to remind everyone that such behavior is not in line with our values and would not be tolerated. Please be aware and be sensitive to others that might be impacted by what’s happening around the world as we learn more about this health concern.
January 29, 2020
According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, cases of a new novel coronavirus first appeared in Wuhan City, China, in December 2019.
On Jan. 28, B.C.’s Minister of Health Adrian Dix and B.C.’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry released a joint statement announcing the province’s first confirmed case of novel coronavirus. In the statement, Minister Dix and Dr. Henry assured that “the risk of spread of this virus within British Columbia remains low at this time.”
CNC will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow any recommendation from public health authorities. For more information and updates on the coronavirus, please follow the websites below:
BC Centre for Disease Control
Public Health Agency of Canada
BC Ministry of Health
The BC Ministry of Health recommends the general public take no special precautions at this time other than usual measures to prevent other common respiratory viruses. HealthLinkBC provides these tips:
- Washing your hands regularly
- Promptly disposing of used tissues in the waste basket or garbage
- Coughing and sneezing into your shirt sleeve rather than your hands
- Staying home when you are ill
- Keeping your hands away from your face
- Keeping common surface areas like doorknobs, light switches and keyboards, clean and disinfected
- Eating healthy foods and staying physically active to keep your immune system strong