Dear DC Community,
Today the World Health Organization announced that they have classified the COVID-19 outbreak to be a pandemic. Please be assured that the health and safety of our campus community is top of mind for Durham College (DC). As such, we are working with local public health agencies and awaiting direction from the Public Health Agency of Canada to determine how this recent development impacts us here in Canada.
In Ontario the risk for contracting the virus remains low; however, it’s important to educate yourself on preventive measures. Below are some general precautions you should always take to prevent the spread of infections and diseases.
PREVENTION: WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home if you are sick. Do not go to work or class.
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces, especially those that are high-touch areas.
PREVENTION: WHAT DURHAM COLLEGE IS DOING
- Increased disinfection and cleaning protocols in high touch areas.
- Daily monitoring of local, provincial, national and global developments to assess. and identify risks to DC’s communities.
- Risk assessment of business-related staff and student travel plans.
- Ongoing review and updates to emergency preparedness plans, including campus operations and activities.
TREATMENT & HEALTH SUPPORT
If you have flu-like symptoms that worsen, CALL your healthcare provider, DC’s Campus Health Centre or Durham Public Health BEFORE visiting in person.
- DC Campus Health Centre: 905.721.3038
- If you are seeking advice after Campus Health Centre hours, please contact Durham Public Health: 905-668-2020 OR 1-800-841-2729
Additional information regarding employee Benefits coverage resulting from COVID-19 can be found here.
Visit DC’s COVID-19 webpage for current information related to our campus. The website will be updated as new information becomes available that impacts DC’s campuses and community. We also encourage you to learn more about what you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The following credible resources will help you stay informed:
- Government of Canada
- Province of Ontario
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Public Health Ontario
- Durham Region Health Department
- World Health Organization