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Updated: Confirmed student case of COVID-19

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Update: September 21

Centennial College was made aware last Thursday evening that a student living off-campus has tested positive for COVID-19. The student is in self-isolation at home and did not attend classes on campus. However, the student shares a home with two other students who have attended class at our Story Arts Centre on September 14 and 17. 

As “Close Contacts” according to Toronto Public Health (TPH), the two roommates were required to get tested – which revealed they are both negative for the disease. However, they must continue to self-isolate for 14 days and monitor themselves for any symptoms.

Staff and students in the impacted class have been made aware of the situation and are considered to be at low risk, according to TPH. They have been advised to self-monitor for symptoms and get tested if they feel the need. As noted previously, the Story Arts Centre has taken the additional step of suspending in-lab instruction of the impacted class for the next two weeks, with lessons continuing online during that time.

As a reminder, any individuals who need to attend campus must successfully complete our Campus Re-entry Protocol and Guidelines Training Course before they return the first time, and a pre-assessment health screening prior to entering campus daily. While on campus, everyone is required to wear a non-medical mask while indoors, as well as outdoor common areas where physical distancing is difficult.

The Centennial College community extends sincere wishes for a quick recovery to the impacted student, and we are confident that the strict protocols the College has in place will continue to keep our campus community safe and healthy.


Update: September 18

Centennial College was made aware on Thursday evening that an off-campus student has tested positive for COVID-19.

The student is currently in self-isolation at home, and did not attend classes on campus. However, the student shares a home with two other Centennial students who have attended class at our Story Arts Centre on September 14 and 17.

The two students living in the same household fall under the category of exposed to COVID-19 and are considered a “Close Contact” according to Toronto Public Health (TPH). They will be required to get tested, and have been asked to self-isolate immediately for 14 days while also monitoring for symptoms.

Staff and students in the impacted class have been made aware of the situation but are considered to be at low risk according to TPH. They have been advised to self-monitor for symptoms and get tested if they feel the need to.

Based on recommendations from TPH and our own health and safety protocols, our Facilities and Services department has completed a deep cleaning and sanitizing of all impacted areas at the Story Arts Centre, including all washrooms.

Centennial College has taken the additional step of suspending in-lab teaching for the next two weeks for the impacted program, with all lessons continuing online during that time.

We will continue to closely monitor this situation and will keep our community and the public informed going forward.

We continue to encourage all students, faculty, and staff to follow the advice of TPH regarding social distancing, the wearing of masks, and vigorous hand washing, whether on or off campus.

Any individuals who must attend campus must have successfully completed the Centennial Campus Re-entry Protocol and Guidelines Training Course before they return the first time, and a pre-assessment screening prior to every trip to campus. While on campus, everyone is required to wear a non-medical mask when entering all campus buildings and in outdoor common areas where physical distancing is difficult.

The Centennial College community extends sincere wishes for a quick recovery to the impacted student, and we are confident that that the strict protocols the College has in place will continue to keep our campus community safe and healthy.