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February

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February 21, 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

Good news: the first person in Canada to test positive for the coronavirus COVID-19 has now been cleared of the virus. Ontario health officials say the man in his 50s has had two negative tests 24 hours apart. His spouse, who had travelled to China with him, also fell ill but with less severe symptoms and remains in self-isolation at home. The woman is expected to be cleared soon – which means Ontario will be entirely free of COVID-19 cases.

At the same time, a number of Canadians from Wuhan, China, as well as passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan are now in quarantine in Trenton and Cornwall. One planeload of earlier arrivals from Wuhan were released from Canadian quarantine and the second wave will be released next week. None have shown any sign of the virus.

Thanks to the robust screening and quarantine processes, Toronto Public Health maintains there is low risk in Ontario. Quite simply, the public health precautions and procedures have been functioning as intended.

New FAQ Information

We have updated our FAQs page with new information pertaining to staff and students asking for accommodations if they choose to self-isolate for any reason. Please familiarize yourself with the information. We would like to thank you all for continuing to support a healthy and safe college community during this time. We understand that events that garner international attention and alarming headlines can cause anxiousness. However, maintaining a sensible and factual approach allows us to manage an appropriate response to any incident or matter that may cause our community concern.

Centennial's incident management team continually communicates with Toronto Public Health officials for updates and guidance. We take the health and wellbeing of our community very seriously and remain committed to this practice. As always, we urge the Centennial College community to follow good hand hygiene practices, like washing and sanitizing, and avoiding contact with others when sick. It's vitally important that all members of the Centennial’s community feel respected, welcome and supported.

Centennial College will continue to update the community as the situation unfolds through the usual communication channels, including social media. Another frequently asked questions page about the coronavirus explains the risks, symptoms and what to do if you experience flu-like symptoms offers practical information. Those who experience symptoms and have travelled to or been exposed to anyone from an affected region are advised to contact Toronto Public Health Hotline, a health-care professional or their nearest hospital.

Questions?

If you have specific questions not addressed in any of our material, please feel free to reach out to our Incident Management manager, Marc Buzzeo, at the coordinates below. Thank you once again for supporting a resilient Centennial and ensuring a safe place to learn, work and grow.

College Information Resources

Public Health Information


 

February 13, 2020

COVID-19 Coronavirus cases resolving in Ontario

Ontario's third and latest confirmed case of coronavirus has been resolved when the patient in London tested negative for the virus twice in 24 hours and is no longer considered infectious. The first two patients are doing well enough to remain out of hospital. Despite the large number of cases in China, our health authorities remind everyone that the infection risk is low in Ontario and in Canada.

President Craig Stephenson took to WeChat – China's popular social media platform – with a supportive message for Chinese students concerned about the outbreak. He shared some advice promoted by health authorities and reiterated the College's policy about maintaining a respectful and compassionate campus community, as well as reminded students to use our confidential counselling service if they're feeling anxious. Grateful students responded in kind, expressing their heartfelt appreciation for his empathy and support.

Viruses do not discriminate. We are a diverse, inclusive community that values compassion, respect and care for each other. We need to challenge the intolerance, harassment and bullying directed at Chinese and Asian members of our community.

Who should be vigilant? Experts advise those who have recently returned from international travel and become ill with respiratory or flu-like symptoms to isolate themselves at home and report their health and travel history to any healthcare provider or Toronto Public Health by phone. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to your concerns about the COVID-19.

As always, you can protect yourself during flu season – please remember regular influenza can be life-threatening – by following these simple steps:

  • Get the flu shot
  • Cover your cough
  • Wash your hands
  • Sick? Stay home!

The coronavirus has unfortunately led to the distribution of false news stories and reports. We continue to keep the College community updated with broadcast emails and content on our web and social media pages using facts confirmed by officials at Toronto Public Health, Ontario Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization.

We understand that some people will find continual news about the coronavirus to be stressful. It may help to speak with someone to ease your mind. Students can reach out to one of the College’s counsellors working in Centre for Accessible Learning and Counselling Services (CALCS);

Protect yourself by taking precautions to avoid illness this winter. Be well!


 

February 6, 2020

The risk of contracting the coronavirus remains very low

While the World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency, the number of persons with the novel coronavirus outside of China amounts to 230 cases. There are currently only five cases in Canada, of which three are in Ontario. All patients here are recovering well.

Local health authorities continue to deem the situation as low risk. For those who have family members in China, it's important to note that while the coronavirus seems to spread with relative ease, it does not appear to strike down healthy individuals. Risk of severe illness may be higher if the patient is elderly, has a chronic disease or weakened immune system.

There's no reason to panic, nor should people be engaged in xenophobic or mean-spirited social media posts or outbursts. Viruses do not discriminate. We are a diverse, inclusive community that values compassion, respect and support for each other. We need to challenge the intolerance, harassment and bullying directed at Chinese and Asian members of our community.

Who should be vigilant? Experts advise those who have recently returned from international travel and become ill with respiratory or flu-like symptoms to isolate themselves at home and report their health and travel history to any healthcare provider or Toronto Public Health by phone. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions on the college website.

Centennial College continues to monitor the situation and promote healthy habits to curtail the spread of the flu – advice that applies equally well to the coronavirus. In addition to increasing the cleaning of touchpoints on campus, i.e., door handles and taps, the College is diligently monitoring the levels in the hand-sanitizer dispensers and is adding new dispensers at all campus locations. You will also see sanitizer stations set up at building entrances in the coming days. Please use them.

As always, you can protect yourself during flu season by following these simple steps:

  • Get the flu shot
  • Cover your cough
  • Wash your hands
  • Sick? Stay home!

It is not necessary to wear a surgical mask unless you have cough or cold symptoms, in which case you should remain at home. According to medical practitioners, unfitted surgical masks do not protect you from contracting viruses; they only help keep you from passing germs onto others.

The coronavirus has unfortunately led to the distribution of false news stories and reports. We will keep the College community updated with broadcast emails and content on our web and social media pages using facts confirmed by officials at Toronto Public Health, Ontario Ministry of Health, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization.

We understand that some people will find continual news about the coronavirus to be stressful. It may help to speak with someone to ease your mind:

Remember: the seasonal flu shot is helpful

The flu shot is available at doctors' offices, pharmacies, walk-in medical clinics and community health centres at no cost to you. Doctors strongly recommend getting immunized, particularly if you’re in contact with vulnerable persons, such as the elderly or very young, or those with compromised immune systems.

Protect yourself by taking precautions to avoid illness this winter. Be well!