Dear Students of Alexander College,
There has been a second presumptive confirmed case of the novel coronavirus (named 2019- nCoV) reported in the Vancouver region as of yesterday, Tuesday February 4, 2020. The virus was first identified in Wuhan, China. Alexander College is closely monitoring reports of the infection and following the direction of the Fraser Health Authority and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.
Avoid going to class or work when you are sick. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Tell your health care provider if you have traveled in an area in China where 2019-nCoV has been reported, or if you have been in close contact with someone with who has traveled from China and has respiratory symptoms.
As of February 4, 2020, the Public Health Agency of Canada has implemented new recommendations for newly arrived travellers returning from Hubei province (including Wuhan city), China. Newly arrived travellers are now advised to closely monitor themselves for symptoms and to avoid contact with others for 14 days after leaving Hubei province. This includes remaining home from school, work and avoiding crowded public places. This recommendation was made out of an abundance of caution as the number of reported cases of infection in Hubei province has increased.
Call 8-1-1 if you develop symptoms of flu (fever, coughing, shortness of breath).
8-1-1 is a free-of-charge provincial health information and advice phone line available in British Columbia. The 8-1-1 phone line is operated by HealthLink BC, which is part of the Ministry of Health. By calling 8-1-1, you can speak to a health service navigator, who can help you find health information and services; or connect you directly with a registered nurse, or health professional.
Travellers are encouraged to consult the Travel Health Notice for China on travel.gc.ca regularly as recommendations may change over the course of your travel as new information becomes available.
The following preventative measures are advised by Health Authorities:
For the Vancouver Coastal Health Statement on coronavirus:
For more information on cold and flu symptoms, see https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/cold-flu-know-difference-fact-sheet.html
For more information on Coronavirus, see https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus.html
Alexander College Administration