COVID-19 Update: An additional COVID-19 case reported at the Whitby campus results in an outbreak

WHAT
New COVID-19 case reported at the Whitby campus and associated with a previous case results in outbreak.

DATE
Saturday, February 20

DETAILS

We have been advised that an additional COVID-19 case has been reported at Durham College’s (DC) Whitby campus and is associated with the case reported on February 18.

  • The individual was last on campus in the Electrical shop on Friday, February 12. As this case is related to a previously communicated case, the Durham Region Health Department (DRHD) has declared an outbreak in the affected area.
  • An outbreak is defined by the DRHD as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or employees (or other visitors) where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection on campus.
  • DRHD has confirmed the space is safe for use.
  • Given DC’s strict health and safety protocols, the risk associated with this case is isolated to a very small group of students, all of which have been contacted by the DRHD and are isolating at home.
  • DRHD has determined there is a low risk to our campus community.

WHAT IS BEING DONE

  • DC is working closely with DRHD to ensure all necessary health and safety measures are in place to protect the entire campus community, including daily reporting and a coordinated space audit to mitigate future transmission.
  • Daily pandemic cleaning protocols with increased cleaning of the campus and disinfecting high touch surfaces, have been implemented at the college through specific direction from DRHD.
  • If you have not been contacted, your campus classes and activities continue as scheduled.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

If feeling unwell:

  • Please do not come to campus if you’re feeling unwell.
  • If you are feeling unwell, or aren’t sure whether or not you should come to campus, please stay home, complete the online assessment form at covidswab.lh.ca and visit durham.ca/novelcoronavirus for more information about COVID-19.
  • If you have received a COVID-19 test, you are required to remain at home until you are cleared by DC’s risk management/health and safety office.

If you must come to campus:

  • Prior to arriving on campus, complete the mandatory one minute COVID-19 screening questionnaire.
  • All students, employees and visitors are required to wear a mask while on campus at all times.
  • Masks may only be removed in designated eating areas while eating and must be put back on once eating is complete.
  • Eating is not permitted outside of designated spaces, such as lounges and hallways.
  • Follow all of DC’s preventative safety measures.

The health and safety of our students and employees is of utmost importance. These stringent COVID-19 requirements have been developed with guidance from public health authorities and are to be followed by all community members when on our campuses. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the health and well-being of our classmates and colleagues through the mandatory use of masks while on campus, as well as following the preventative safety measures.

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