COVID-19 Update: Two off campus Durham College students test positive – risk to campus community very low

Dear students and colleagues,

I’m writing to advise you that two Durham College (DC) students, who have not been on campus, have tested positive for COVID-19.

The risk to the DC campus community is deemed very low and both students are in quarantine and self-isolating at home. Per protocol, individuals who have been in contact with these two students will be notified by Public Health and DC will continue to be informed. We wish both of these students a quick recovery and will welcome them back to campus once it is safe to do so.

In addition, one student in residence was contacted by Public Health and identified as possibly being in contact with a confirmed positive case, unrelated to the students mentioned above, at an off-campus event. The student and their roommate are now self-isolating in separate residence suites and are being supported by the residence team.

DC continues to work closely with Public Health authorities, as well as our own health and safety and risk assessment teams, to stay informed and receive timely guidance and directives. We will continue to provide COVID-19 updates to the campus community through email, the DC Mobile app and on the COVID-19 webpage.

The health and safety of our campus community remains our highest priority and DC has taken extensive measures to help control the spread of COVID-19, including transitioning many of our programs and services to remote delivery and therefore limiting the amount of people on campus, as well as implementing very strict preventative safety measures and enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols.

As a reminder, please continue to regularly visit our COVID-19 webpage for updates, resources and answers to frequently asked questions. If you are feeling unwell, please follow the steps outlined in our COVID reporting document. If you have a question that hasn’t been answered on our COVID-19 webpage, we encourage you to email dccares@durhamcollege.ca.

Stay safe, stay well.

Don Lovisa
President, Durham College