Jan 30, 2020

We know our community is concerned with the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its arrival in British Columbia.

Even with this single confirmed case, the risk to residents in the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) region and in B.C. remains low. There is no ongoing risk posed to the public, and health care staff in our region are prepared should other cases arise.

The academic term has been in progress for longer than the virus incubation period, and there have been no cases reported on campus. Classes and normal campus operations will continue as scheduled.

There is no reason for travellers returning from China without any symptoms to be prevented from working, going to school, or attending events unless instructed to do so by VCH. There is also no evidence that novel coronavirus is circulating in the Chinese-Canadian community.

We can all help to reduce the spread of infections by following proper respiratory hygiene etiquette during the cold and flu season. This includes:

  • Wash your hands frequently, especially if you’ve been out in public. Hand sanitizer is also distributed around our campus.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow. If you use a tissue, make sure to dispose of it properly and wash your hands.
  • If you feel unwell, stay home so you don’t pass your infection onto others, especially those who may be at higher risk.
  • If you are concerned you have been exposed to or are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus, stay home from school or work, and contact your health-care provider, local public health office, or call 811.

We advise anyone concerned about the outbreak to visit the BC Centre for Disease Control and Vancouver Coastal Health websites for further updates. We appreciate your cooperation in helping keep our community safe.

Langara College

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