Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and Capilano University's response

Message to student, faculty and staff of Capilano University regarding the Coronavirus

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Tag(s): Current Students

Updated 3:00 p.m. - February 14, 2020 

Health agencies in China and other countries around the world including Canada are working to contain the spread of a Novel (new) Coronavirus.

The Government of Canada has issued a warning to travellers to avoid all non-essential travel to China and other countries in Asia where cases of the infection have been reported. At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with the Novel Coronavirus (named 2019-nCoV) as “low for Canada and for Canadian travelers”. We have no reports of any Coronavirus illness among our students or employees.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced today a fifth case if coronavirus (now called COVID-19) has been identified in British Columbia. The risk of the virus spreading within British Columbia continues to be low.

Capilano University's response

We understand students, faculty, staff and alumni may have questions about how the university is responding. Capilano University takes the safety and security of our community, both in Canada and abroad, very seriously. We continue to coordinate actions as new information emerges. The following steps have been taken so far:

  • Risk assessments are being conducted, with guidance from provincial and federal agencies, on travel restrictions that may affect our students, faculty, staff and sports teams.
  • Staff at the Centre for International Experience are in contact with students abroad to ensure they are aware of the situation and have the health information, resources and contacts they need.
  • Posters have been placed in bathrooms on campus and at the residences reminding everyone of proper hand washing practices to reduce the spread of germs and viruses.

Students, faculty and staff travelling to Asia are advised to check Government of Canada Travel Advice and Advisories before travel. Anyone expecting visitors to campus from affected areas should keep updated to determine if the visit may be delayed or affected by the situation overseas.  

How to take care of yourself

As a reminder, health agencies advise the following guidelines to avoid the spread of infection:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

For more information, please follow information from the BC Centre of Disease Control for up-to-date health information related to Coronavirus, as well as local, provincial and fenderal authorities:

Capilano University continues to monitor information from health authorities. We will update students, faculty and staff if there is a change that warrants further action.

Submitted by: Linda Munro