Ontario’s Medical Officer of Health has confirmed the risk to Ontarians remains extremely low. At this time, there’s no reason for heightened action or concern for employees and students at any Georgian campus.
Current actions being taken by the college:
- Employees and students are reminded to follow effective illness prevention protocols, such as hand washing, sanitizing surfaces and staying home if ill.
- Unnecessary work travel by college staff to the affected area(s) will be suspended until further notice.
- A sub-group of the Emergency Management Committee will meet regularly each week to monitor our college community and adjust if any new needs arise.
- The college will follow any advice or directive from public health officials.
What to do if you’re feeling ill:
- Stay home.
- Contact your health-care provider or get free medical advice through Telehealth Ontario at 1.866.797.0000 (toll free).
If you have questions about this message or what Georgian is doing in response to novel coronavirus, contact Campus Safety Services at ext. 6111.
Who’s responsible for what?
Georgian’s role as a college is to provide a safe and effective place for our employees to work and our students to learn. Other organizations have a role to play in this emerging health issue and it may be helpful to know who does what. It’s not the role of the college to determine restrictions on entry to the country, quarantine protocols, reporting, or other public health measures. The college will follow the direction of the appropriate authority, should any need arise.
Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Ministry of Health for Ontario
These agencies are trusted advisors on all public health issues and are also advocates for the good health of citizens and residents of Canada and the province of Ontario. These are the reliable sources of information that employees and students should use for novel coronavirus information, updates, and any status of the virus in Canada and province.
Canadian Border Services Agency
This is the agency responsible for the flow of goods and passengers at border crossings and airports. At Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver airports, there’s messaging on arrivals screens advising travellers who have been to Wuhan to inform a Border Services Officer if they’re experiencing flu-like symptoms.
An additional screening question has also been added to primary inspection kiosks asking travellers to declare if they’ve visited Wuhan, China.
There are public health agency staff on hand at Pearson to respond promptly should the need arise.
Anyone who declares they’ve been to Wuhan, China, in the last two weeks will be referred to a border officer for further assessment. Those who are ill will be referred to hospital for testing. Travellers without symptoms will be given an information sheet with instructions on who to contact if they develop signs and symptoms of coronavirus within the next 14 days.