DC update on coronavirus

Durham College (DC), along with other institutions and organizations across Canada, continues to monitor the ongoing situation with Novel Coronavirus and will take direction from federal, provincial and local health authorities. 

The Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with 2019-nCoV in Wuhan, China as low for Canada and for Canadian travelers. As such, the college remains open and classes are continuing as normal.

We encourage the DC community to visit Public Health OntarioDurham Public Health or Ontario Ministry of Health  for current information about the virus and precautionary measures.

About the Coronavirus

Coronaviruses typically affect the upper respiratory tract and can cause the common cold and pneumonia. In some cases, the virus can cause more severe symptoms.

The virus has been reported in China, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Thailand. A case of the virus has also been reported in Washington state.

More information on the new coronavirus and its symptoms are available from the Government of Canada.

What to do if you feel sick

As during any flu season, if you feel sick, follow the usual best practices:

  • Stay home.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue away and wash your hands, or cough/sneeze into your elbow.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.


There are steps you can take to prevent the spread of viruses.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.