Mar 14, 2020

According to the BC Office of the Provincial Health Officer, the cases of COVID-19 in BC 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. Langara is working on plans to transition to online learning where possible.

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. 

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 should avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada, including to the United States.
  • Anyone who has left Canada should self-isolate 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 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 for 14 days after their last encounter. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).
  • Event planners to cancel any gatherings larger than 250 people.

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