Mar 13, 2020

According to the BC Office of the Provincial Health Officer, the cases of COVID-19 in B.C. are being very closely managed. Updated information regarding these cases can be found at bccdc.ca. The risk to British Columbians at this point remains low, and there are no known cases of COVID-19 at Langara at this time.

Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1.

Public Health Agency of Canada has set up a 2019 novel coronavirus telephone information line at 1-833-784-4397. If you are instructed to get tested, call the clinic you intend to visit ahead of time to ensure that staff and other patients are appropriately protected. Langara's Health Services clinic has a small number of testing kits.

As the areas affected by the outbreak change and we learn more about the virus, the Provincial Health Officer and BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) will provide updated public health recommendations. We are now aware that this virus can cause a range of mild to severe symptoms, and it is possible that people will not recognize symptoms that are mild. Given this new information, there are steps that people at risk of COVID-19 can take to reduce the chance of spread to others.

  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been to any areas with active travel health notices at Level 3 or above (avoid non-essential travel), including China, Italy, or Iran should stay home or self-isolate in their residence/room alone for 14 days, immediately on their return. They should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).
  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been laboratory tested for COVID-19 should stay home or self-isolate in their residence/room alone, until their test results are known.
  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 by laboratory testing should stay home or self-isolate in their residence/room alone for 14 days after their last encounter. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).
  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been in other parts of the world where COVID-19 cases have been reported should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing) for 14 days. They do not need to self-isolate.
  • Those who develop symptoms during the 14-day monitoring period should immediately self-isolate (stay in a room that is not shared with anyone else) and call their health-care provider or the provincial health line 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up.

There are measures that all students, faculty, and staff can take to help reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses such as coronavirus, colds, and influenza:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • If a sink is not available, 60-90% alcohol-based hand rubs (hand sanitizer) can be used to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, you can use an alcohol-based disposable hand wipe to remove the dirt and then use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of 
your elbow and then wash your hands.
  • Stay home when you are ill.

Travel Advice

Travel to countries with COVID-19 related active Level 3 (avoid non-essential travel) or active Level 3 travel advisories within them are not permitted for College business. Currently these include China, Italy, and Iran.

In order to ensure the excellence of programming, interests of our students and staff, and the rapidly changing travel advisories, travel to countries with Level 2 COVID-19 (practice special precautions) related travel advisories will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Travel to countries that do not have active Level 3 occurrence and areas under Level 2 advisories is permitted at this point in time, however, travelers should be aware that travel advisories may change on a day to day basis. They are responsible for checking travel advisories daily. https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.


In addition, the Provincial Health Officer has provided this letter regarding spring break travel.

Information Updates

The latest information on the outbreak is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control and Vancouver Coastal Health websites.

Thank you to everyone for following these recommendations to ensure our community remains healthy.

Please note the publish date of this webpage. Check our Latest Updates page as new information is released throughout the week.