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March 27, 2020

JIBC community updates regarding COVID-19

JIBC actively monitoring the situation to ensure the safety of students, staff and faculty

JIBC COVID-19 FAQs

Latest Update: March 27, 2020

To all JIBC students, staff and faculty,

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve, I recognize this relatively quick transition to learning and working remotely has been disruptive on everyone involved and wanted to remind you that all these changes will ultimately make a difference in combating this virus.

While the daily news reports and updates from the BC Health Ministry on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may make the current situation seem daunting, keep in mind that what steps we all take now will make a difference in the weeks to come.

Health officials believe all our efforts as a wider community to practise physical distancing and infection control measures will result in fewer new cases of this virus but it will take time for that evidence to emerge.

In the meantime, JIBC will continue to do its part to help flatten the curve. I want to thank you again for your support and willingness to adapt to the circumstances in this challenging period in our history.

Feelings of stress and anxiety are natural at this time. Support is available to all JIBC students by contacting the Manager of Student Learning Support and Disability Resources, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, by phone at 604.528.5884 or 1.877.275.4331, or by email at studentresources@jibc.ca. The BC Crisis Line is also available 24/7 at 1.800.784.2433.

For further updates about JIBC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit jibc.ca/covid19.

Kind regards,

Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO

 


 

Latest Update: March 25, 2020

To all JIBC students,

As we all continue to adapt to the COVID-19 situation, I wanted to acknowledge the challenges you face and the disruption to your lives and studies. We at JIBC sincerely appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to do our part to help flatten the curve on the COVID-19 pandemic and meet our first priority of maintaining the health and safety of students, staff and faculty.

We wanted to keep you updated on the latest measures JIBC is taking to mitigate this health crisis and minimize its impact on students:

  1. All face-to-face classes scheduled to take place in April have been cancelled and classes in May are being assessed as to our ability to offer them face-to-face. Information on future classes will be provided as decisions are made. 
    If your class is cancelled, you will be notified directly by the JIBC Registration Office. For any questions about classes and registration please email register@jibc.ca.
  2. Spring Convocation in June has been postponed and is expected to be rescheduled to November.
  3. Classes at JIBC’s regional campuses (Chilliwack, Victoria, Kelowna, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows) have moved online or have been postponed in support of COVID-19 mitigation measures to keep British Columbians safe. This measure will be in place until further notice.
  4. Both the JIBC Library and JIBC Store closed as of March 23 and will continue to provide services by email or phone.

While JIBC remains open, we strongly encourage you to conduct any business with the Institute through email or phone as part of the social distancing efforts necessary to quell the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Such measures are temporary, but there are indications from the provincial government that they will be of an extended duration, until at least the end of April if not longer. As a wider community, our focus must remain on slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and JIBC is a full partner in these efforts.

But with uncertainty of such magnitude will naturally come stress and anxiety. Please know that JIBC is with you and support is available to all JIBC students by contacting the Manager of Student Learning Support and Disability Resources, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, by phone at 604.528.5884 or 1.877.275.4331, or by email at studentresources@jibc.ca. The BC Crisis Line is also available 24/7 at 1.800.784.2433.

Thank you again for your support and willingness to adapt to the circumstances in this challenging and unprecedented time. Please remember to practise the recommended physical distancing and infection control measures as we do our part to combat this virus. For further updates about JIBC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit jibc.ca/covid19.

As BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said so aptly, “This is our time to be kind, be calm and be safe.”

Kind regards,

Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO

 


 

Latest Update: March 20, 2020

Update from JIBC President & CEO:

JIBC’s first priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty and the public in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. To meet this commitment, and to facilitate social distancing, JIBC has implemented a number of temporary changes to its operations until further notice:

  • Employees are being encouraged and supported to work remotely where such arrangements are possible.
  • External facility rentals and activities on campus have been suspended as a proactive and preventative measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • All self-service access in the JIBC Cafeteria at the New Westminster campus has been discontinued and replaced by pre-wrapped food items.

With all campuses remaining open, these changes are in addition to existing enhanced health and safety measures such as increased cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch objects and surfaces, and increased access to hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes in common areas of each campus.

While we are social distancing, we are also encouraging students, staff and faculty to stay connected and take care of their mental health and wellness. JIBC students can review a range of student supports at jibc.ca/studentsupport. JIBC staff and faculty can access the Institute’s Employee & Family Assistance Program as well as Starling Minds.

As we all do our part to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to commend and express my deepest appreciation to all JIBC staff and faculty. Your dedication, commitment and tremendous efforts over the past week have been remarkable as we support each other and respond to the needs of our students, clients and partners during this unprecedented, challenging situation. Thank you all for the hard work you are doing to fulfill the vision, mission and mandate of JIBC at this critical time.

For further updates about JIBC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit jibc.ca/covid19.

Kind regards,

Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO

 


Latest update: March 16, 2020:

Message from JIBC President & CEO:

In the midst of the uncertainty of the past weeks, I wanted to reach out on behalf of everyone at JIBC with the hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Our first priority is the health and safety of JIBC students, staff, faculty and the public in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the people who have been affected by this unprecedented event and we appreciate the healthcare workers, local communities, and governments around the world who are on the front line working to contain this coronavirus. As we continue our efforts to slow the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, advice regarding public health measures in our communities is evolving quickly.

JIBC update on course and program delivery as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020

JIBC is committed to reducing the transmission of COVID-19 by taking the following proactive measures despite no instances of COVID-19 presently on campus.

Students in Face-to-face, Semester-based Courses

As of Tuesday, March 17, 2020 we are pausing all semester-based face-to-face courses. We will be resuming courses on Monday, March 23, 2020 in an alternate delivery format.

Details about this transition will be made available to students through their instructors or program staff. They will work with students to facilitate completion of their courses this semester and ensure that this situation will not affect a student’s ability to complete their course and fulfill their program requirements.

Students in Short Courses and Programs – Tuition Courses

We are postponing all upcoming face-to-face deliveries of tuition courses as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Students registered in a tuition course can email register@jibc.ca to reschedule their course to a future offering, or request a refund.

Students in Short Courses and Programs – Contract Training

JIBC will be in contact with clients to reschedule contract training as required to meet their needs.

Students in Health Sciences Programs

All face-to-face courses delivered by Health Sciences Division (HSD), including all paramedic programs, will be temporarily adjourned effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Details about alternate delivery options will be provided to students by Friday, March 20, 2020. BCEHS and our clinical partners have advised that practice education will be cancelled until further notice. HSD is notifying impacted students directly.

Students in Emergency Services Programs

For students in our emergency services training programs, such as municipal police and deputy sheriff recruits, JIBC continues to work with our partner agencies as we monitor the situation and adjust as requested and required on a day-by-day basis to meet training,health and safety needs.

Students in Online Courses/Programs

There is no change for students currently in, or already scheduled to take, any JIBC online course.

All Campuses Remain Open

All JIBC campuses will remain open and all other Institute operations will continue as normal as we transition affected face-to-face courses and assessments.

JIBC is ensuring no gathering of 50 people or more following guidance from the Provincial Health Officer.

JIBC continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and work with the Provincial Health Officer, BC Ministries of Health and Advanced Education, Skills & Training, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the BC Centre for Disease Control, and will provide additional information on the JIBC (jibc.ca/covid19) as it becomes available.

The Provincial Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control continue to advise that the threat to residents of BC is low, and so this transition of affected courses is a voluntary and proactive measure.

We understand that this is a significant change in our program delivery for many of our courses and programs, and there will be questions and details to be determined as this rolls out.

We ask for and appreciate your patience as we deliver on this transition in this rapidly evolving situation. I’d like to thank everyone working on this transition for your commitment and extraordinary efforts.

Further details for students, faculty and staff are below and will be updated as new information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Michel Tarko, PhD
President & CEO
Justice Institute of British Columbia


March 13, 2020 Update:

Message from JIBC President & CEO:

To all JIBC students, staff, faculty, clients and community partners,

The COVID-19 pandemic and the response to it has affected millions around the world and raised numerous questions about the impact, including here at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). 

I want to assure you that JIBC is working to provide answers to such questions as soon as possible with an aim to minimize the impact during this extraordinary situation.

JIBC has activated a COVID-19 Emergency Operations Centre with its members meeting regularly to monitor the situation, develop plans and respond as needed. We are working with the BC Ministries of Health and Advanced Education, Skills & Training, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the BC Centre for Disease Control, and will provide additional information on the JIBC website (jibc.ca/covid19) as it becomes available.

In the meantime, we remind people of the following ways to protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands frequently, and use hand-sanitizer when washing facilities aren’t available
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue to contain any droplets, then dispose of the tissue appropriately
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Practice social distancing, avoiding close contact with others, especially those who are sick
  • If you have a cold or the flu, or similar symptoms, stay home

We appreciate your patience as we coordinate JIBC’s response to this global health crisis.

Kind regards,

Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO

 


Answers to commonly asked questions can be found below.

Courses/Program Delivery Updates

What is the latest information on JIBC course and program delivery?

What happens if I miss classes due to illness?

Who do I contact if I have program-specific questions not covered here?

Student Resources

What happens if I am directed to stay home for a self-islation period?

What if I require support during this time?

What learning support services are available to students?

What Mental Health Services and Supports are available for JIBC students?

Campuses & Services

What is JIBC doing to minimise the risk of infection to students, faculty and staff?

Are JIBC facilities (ex. classrooms, gym, theatre) available for rent by external organizations?

Travel 

I am currently learning and/or working in an international location. What actions should I take?

Should students, faculty, staff or visitors who have travelled to affected areas remain at home for a period of time, after returning to Canada?

COVID-19 FAQ

Are any JIBC students, faculty or staff reported to be confirmed cases?

Why is this virus called "COVID-19"?

What are the symptoms associated with COVID-19?

How is the virus spread?

What does "close contact" mean?

How high is the risk of contracting the coronavirus disease, COVID-19 in BC?

How do I best protect myself and my family?

What about people who have had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?

What should I do if one of my students or colleagues shows symptoms of COVID-19?

Where can I find the most up to date official information about COVID-19?

I am not sick and have no symptoms, should I wear a mask (surgical or N95 respirator) to protect myself?

What are the definitions of the terms describing protective measures against COVID-19?


Courses/Program Delivery Updates


What is the latest information on JIBC course and program delivery?

JIBC is committed to reducing the transmission of COVID-19 by taking the following proactive measures despite no instances of COVID-19 presently on campus.

1. Students in Face-to-face, Semester-based Courses

As of Tuesday, March 17, 2020 we are pausing all semester-based, face-to-face courses. We will be resuming courses on Monday, March 23, 2020 in an alternate delivery format.

Details about this transition will be made available to students through their instructors or program staff. They will work with students to facilitate completion of their courses this semester and ensure that this situation will not affect a student’s ability to complete their course and fulfill their program requirements.

2. Students in Short Courses and Programs – Tuition Courses

We are postponing all upcoming face-to-face deliveries of tuition courses as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Students registered in a tuition course can email register@jibc.ca to reschedule their course to a future offering, or request a refund.

3. Students in Short Courses and Programs – Contract Training

JIBC will be in contact with clients to reschedule contract training as required to meet their needs.

4. Students in Health Sciences Programs

All face-to-face courses delivered by Health Sciences Division (HSD), including all paramedic programs, will be temporarily adjourned effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020. 

Details about alternate delivery options will be provided to students by Friday, March 20, 2020. BCEHS and our clinical partners have advised that practice education will be cancelled until further notice. HSD is notifying impacted students directly.

5. Students in Emergency Services Programs

For students in our emergency services training programs, such as municipal police and deputy sheriff recruits, JIBC continues to work with our partner agencies as we monitor the situation and adjust as requested and required on a day-by-day basis to meet training, health and safety needs.

6. Students in Online Courses/Programs

There is no change for students currently in, or already scheduled to take, any JIBC online course. 


What happens if I miss classes due to illness?

We encourage you to stay home if you are exhibiting any flu-like symptoms and as with any illness, students may request academic concession. To the extent possible, we urge any affected student to email or phone their instructors, program area or course administrator if they are to be absent. Instructors will waive the medical documentation requirement (i.e. a health care practitioner’s note) for students who are ill until further notice. No student will lose their term due to absence caused by illness.


Who do I contact if I have program-specific questions not covered here?

If you have a question that is not covered here, please contact your instructor, program area or course administrator directly by phone or email and we’ll work to get you an answer as soon as we can.

 


Student Resources


What happens if I am directed to stay home for a self-isolation period?

If you are directed by health professionals to follow self-isolation due to COVID-19, contact your instructors, program area, or course administrator by phone or email to notify them of the situation. JIBC will work with each student to review their specific circumstances and ensure they can complete their term. No student will lose their term due to needing to self-isolate.

 


What if I require support during this time?

In-person, email and telephone support is available to all JIBC students. You may contact our Manager of Student Learning Support between 8 am. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, by phone at 604.528.5884 or 1.877.275.4331, by email at studentresources@jibc.ca, or in-person in Room CL201 at the New Westminster campus. Mindshift and Headspace are helpful apps you can download to help feelings of anxiety and worry.

The BC Crisis Line is also available 24/7 at 1.800.784.2433.


What learning support services are available to students?

JIBC continues to support students by providing access to necessary learning support services. This includes the following:

  • JIBC Library

The JIBC Library at the New Westminster campus is currently closed until further notice. The library will continue to offer its usual services in alternate formats including phone, email, Skype, and BlueJeans. The library also offers online resources, including eBooks, databases, and streaming media. More information on specific resources can be found on the library eResources page. If you have any questions please contact the JIBC Library at 604.528.5599 or by email library@jibc.ca.

The library also provides information in the links below:

  1. APA citation and reference list assistance
  2. AskAway virtual reference chat service (note the extended hours)
  3. ARES course readings
  4. Copyright questions
  5. Research & reference (e.g. helping students do their searches; doing research for faculty)
  6. Continued password-protected access to many digital resources including journal and newspaper articles, e-Books and streaming media
    Students use student number and password; faculty/staff use network credentials

Although the format may be different, the commitment is the same – to ensure our students get as much help as possible; and, that our faculty/staff are supported as best we can.

 

  • Writing Centre

The Writing Centre is closed to all face-to-face and drop-in sessions but the Coordinator and several Tutors are still accepting submissions and writing questions by email. Please email your draft and the assignment description in the syllabus to writingcentre@jibc.ca. The Writing Centre will do its best to give you feedback within 2 business days.

Additional learning support is available through the Manager, Student Learning Supports and Disability Resources and can be arranged by emailing studentresources@jibc.ca.

  • Blackboard

During this period of transition you may have questions about Blackboard. First, check out the Help for eLearning page. If the information provided does not answer your question, check out the website: https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Student or contact Student Services for more information at 604.528.5590 or toll free at 1.877.528.5591.

 


What Mental Health Services and Supports are available for JIBC students

The uncertainty associated with this COVID-19 pandemic, as well as time social distancing, may result in feelings of anxiety and loneliness. Please make sure you stay connected with each other, whether through social media, text, private messaging apps like WhatsApp, or even actual phone calls! Check on your classmates if you haven’t heard from them. Emotions are high with many people right now. It’s time to come together and support one another.

If you are struggling and need to connect with support, 24/7 support is available by calling the Crisis Line at 1.800.784.2433.  You can also go online for support via chat at www.youthinbc.com (12 p.m. to 1 a.m.) or www.crisiscentrechat.ca (12 p.m. to 1 a.m.).

For information on anxiety and COVID-19, check out Here to Help’s info sheet with tips to manage anxiety.

There are also a number of apps you can download to help stay well and keep anxious thoughts in check, including:

If you need more resources, or wish to talk further, please contact Mary Kallberg, JIBC Manager of Student Learning Support and Disability Resources, at studentresources@jibc.ca

 

 

Campuses & Services 


What is JIBC doing to minimise the risk of infection to students, faculty and staff?

JIBC has activated a COVID-19 Emergency Operations Centre to coordinate plans and responses to the evolving situation. We regularly consult with the BC Ministries of Health and Advanced Education, Skills & Training; the Public Health Agency of Canada; and the BC Centre for Disease on how to detect and mitigate any potential cases on our campuses. We have appropriate measures in place, in the event that we are presented with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

To reduce the risk for our campus environment, we:

  1. Have reduced our operating hours as follows:
    • Weekdays main building locked at 5 p.m., staff can access until 11 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday main building locked, staff can access until 5 p.m.
  2. Have increased cleaning of high touch surfaces meaning we have increased cleaning and disinfecting of objects and surfaces that are frequently touched by multiple students or staff throughout campus; disinfectant wipes have been placed in common areas for use by staff, faculty and students where there is sharing of equipment and furniture;
  3. Have posted information to remind people of how to reduce the spread of infections and continue to monitor and refill our current hand sanitizer stations located in the main entrances; 
  4. Are encouraging all campus users to follow the best practices in self-care being shared by the BC Centre of Disease Control and your local health authority including Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health.
  5. COVIID-19 related mitigation measures are in place to promote social distancing at the New Westminster campus. The following areas are impacted:
  • Atrium: tables placed 2m apart; excess chairs removed
  • Classrooms: desks placed 2m apart; excess stacked against wall with caution tape
  • Gun Range: number of operational lanes reduced to provide 2m distance
  • Cafeteria: effective 1 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020 the Cafeteria at the New Westminster Campus will be closed until further notice
  • Cafeteria Seating Area: tables moved 2m apart; excess tables removed
  • Elevators and Picnic Tables: signage installed stating, “Solo Use Only Due to COVID-19”
  • Registration, Security, Welcome Desk and Cafeteria POS Terminals: floor taping installed to indicate 2m line waiting distances
  • JIBC Book Store: closed effective Monday, March 23rd as the footprint cannot accommodate 2m social distancing. Orders can still be placed via jibcstore@jibc.ca
  • JIBC Library: closed effective Monday, March 23rd. Services are available via phone or email at 604.528.5599 or Library@jibc.ca
  • Dr. Rix Building, Gym, Fitness Room, offices in the classroom block, and meeting rooms (except President’s Board Room, used as EOC) - closed until further notice
  • Print Shop, Facilities, Central Stores and Mail rooms – access restricted
  • Loading Bay door, Theatre stairs entrance, and Cafeteria courtyard doors (except double doors) access restricted (locked 24/7)
  • Washrooms – signage posted

 


Are JIBC facilities (ex. classrooms, gym, theatre) available for rent by external organizations?

No. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as of March 17, 2020, JIBC is taking the proactive and preventative measure to suspend external facility rentals and activities at all our campuses until further notice.

 

Travel


I am currently learning and/or working in an international location. What actions should I take?

Please follow the infection control protocols of the facility in which you are currently working or learning. Please directly contact your academic coordinator/supervisor (e.g. co-op or practica co-ordinator, course instructor, graduate supervisor, etc.) to discuss your options.

You may also contact the Office of International Affairs if you require assistance. They can be reached at international@jibc.ca or 01.1.605.528.5636.

 


Should students, faculty, staff or visitors who have travelled outside of Canada, or to affected areas, remain at home for a period of time after returning to Canada?

It is important for all travellers to monitor their health when they return to Canada. On March 12, the BC Centre for Disease Control updated their direction to the following:

  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been to any country, including the United States, 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). This direction is provided at the point of arrival (eg. airport) by customs / immigration officials.
  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been laboratory-tested for COVID-19 should stay home and self-isolate in their residence alone, until their test results are known (approx. 72 hours).
  • Those who develop symptoms during the 14-day monitoring period should call their healthcare provider or call the provincial health line at 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up.

More information on self-isolation is available at http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)#Self-isolation--and--testing

 

 

COVID-19 FAQ


Are any JIBC students, faculty or staff reported to be confirmed cases?

Not at this time. JIBC continues to monitor the situation closely in cooperation with public health authorities from whom we will take direction. All JIBC campuses remain open as we transition affected face-to-face courses and assessments to an alternative delivery format. Updates will be available on our website, social media channels and online sources should circumstances change.

 

 
Why is this virus called “COVID-19”?

The official name for the disease was deliberately chosen to avoid stigmatisation - the “co” stands for Corona, “vi” for virus and “d” for disease, 19 is because the disease emerged in 2019.

 


What are the symptoms associated with COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19, are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and common cold. They include cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat and difficulty breathing. As with influenza, older people and people with a weakened immune system or underlying medical condition are considered at higher risk of severe disease.

 


How is the virus spread?

Coronavirus is transmitted via larger liquid droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. The virus can be transfered through these droplets via the eyes, nose or throat if you are in close contact. The virus is not known to be airborne (not transmitted through the particles floating in the air) and it is not something that comes in through the skin.

It can be spread by touch if a person has used their hands to cover their mouth or nose when they cough. That’s why we recommend you cough or sneeze into your arm and wash your hands regularly.

 


What does “close contact” mean?

Close contact means someone who lived with, or otherwise had close prolonged contact with a person infected with COVID19 (within 2 meters for an extended period of time); or a caregiver/ healthcare worker who had close physical contact with a person infected with COVID19 without use of personal protective equipment.

 


How high is the risk of contracting the coronavirus disease, COVID-19 in BC?

At this time, the BC Centre for Disease Control advises that the risk to British Columbians continues to be low. The most updated information can be found on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

 


How do I best protect myself and my family?

Follow the same advice that public health officials recommend for the cold and flu season: wash your hands often with soap and water; cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing; avoid close contact with people who are sick; and stay home when you are sick.

The most important thing you can do to prevent coronavirus and other illnesses is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.

The advice from health agencies is:

  • 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 eyes/nose/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 to avoid spreading the illness to others.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with an infection.

 


What about people who have had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?

  • 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 alone for 14 days after their last encounter. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).

 


What should I do if one of my students or colleagues shows symptoms of COVID-19?

Avoid creating stigma. Respectfully and privately provide information from this document to the individual. Report your concern to your supervisor. 

Anyone who is concerned that they, or someone they have had close contact with, may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their health-care provider or call public health at 8-1-1. If you are planning to see a health care provider about suspected COVID-19, please inform your health care provider when calling for an appointment so that appropriate protective measures can be taken.

 


I am not sick and have no symptoms, should I wear a mask (surgical or N95 respirator) to protect myself?

No. When sick, wearing masks can help to prevent us from passing on illnesses to other people, but they are not known to be effective at preventing infection in healthy people.  People wearing a mask are likely to touch their faces more often, potentially increasing the risk of having the eyes, nose, or mouth come into contact with the virus.

Some members of our community may opt to wear masks, and we fully support their right to do so. We ask the community to be respectful of students, faculty and staff who choose to wear masks.

 


What are the definitions of the terms describing protective measures against COVID-19?

There is a proliferation of new terminology describing how the public should modify their behaviour to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The BC Centre for Disease Control provides an up-to-date glossary of commonly used terms to reduce public confusion and enhance public clarity about protective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

Glossary of Terms*

Preventing COVID-19

In addition to social distancing, the most important thing you can do to prevent infection is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face. To help reduce your risk of infection:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Using soap and water is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection.
  • If a sink is not available, alcohol based hand rubs (ABHR) can be used to clean your hands as long as they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, use a wipe and then ABHR to effectively clean them.
  • Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Do not share food, drinks, utensils, etc.

Social Distancing

Social distancing is a way that we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting close contact with others. Even though we are not sick, we should still keep about two meters (six feet) or the length of a queen-sized bed from one another when we can when outside our homes.

There are many ways to practice social distancing: 

  • Limit activities outside your home
  • Use virtual options to connect with others
  • If you are out in public, try to keep 2 metres between yourself and others
  • ‎Keep your hands at your side when possible
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cough into your elbow or sleeve
  • Avoid social activities in large gatherings

Self-Monitoring

Self-monitoring means you should be monitoring your health and the health of your children for symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing. Individuals who are self-monitoring are allowed to attend work and school and take part in regular activities.

Self-Isolating

Self-isolation means avoiding situations where you could infect other people. This can help prevent the spread of infections. Self-isolation lowers the chance of spreading the illness to other people. When you are exposed to an illness, there is the time between exposure and when you start to feel sick. This is called an incubation period. There is a small chance you can spread germs in the days before you feel sick. People at high-risk of having been exposed to the illness are asked to self-isolate. 

Plan ahead and prepare for what you will do if you or a family member becomes sick and needs care.

 

*Note that all definitions were taken, verbatim, from the BC Centre for Disease Control website. Please consult the website for the most up-to-date definitions and if new terms enter our common vocabulary to describe prevention methods.

 

Other sources you can consult include:

HealthLinkBC

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/coronavirus-disease-covid-19

Government of Canada

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

 


See the following sites for more information:

BC Centre for Disease Control — http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)

BC CDC Recommendations for Post-Secondary Student, Faculty, and Staff -

http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID19_Post-Secondary_Student_Faculty_Staff_Recommendations.pdf

Public Health Agency of Canada — https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

World Health Organization — https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

For the latest government travel advisories related to COVID-19 visit https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html.

 

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Last updated March 27, 2020