Coronavirus Info | St. Clair College
For all inquiries regarding Covid-19, please email Covid19@stclaircollege.ca or visit our FAQs page.

Also, fill out our questionnaires if you are scheduled to leave or have returned from a trip.


Dear Saints:

As we continue to navigate through these extraordinary times, I commend you for your perseverance as you’ve adapted to our online course delivery. I know it has certainly not been normal, and perhaps not ideal, but it was – truly – our only feasible option to provide you with any chance of completing the academic year in a timely manner. This was an important goal for all students and definitely a crucial one for our prospective 2020 graduates in their final year of study.

Nevertheless, we know that, for some of you, it’s been a case of "This isn’t what I signed up for". In one way or another, the transition to online delivery has been technically unfeasible, excessively stressful and/or non-conducive to your learning style.

Those concerns have led us to develop some new flexibility in grading, outlined in a new policy entitled the “Course Credit and COVID-19 Protocol”.

Here’s how it works. For each course you took in Winter 2020, you will have the following four options:

  1. To accept the final course grade assigned by your professor upon the completion plan and a letter grade according to normal College procedures. This will either be as of April 17, 2020 or April 24, 2020.
  2. For those students passing as of March 13, 2020, select an Aegrotat grade “AEG” for your course by completing the attached form and forwarding it to the instructor of that course, by College email, no later than Monday, April 13, 2020 at 8:00 am. An AEG grade will function as a passing grade but will not be calculated in your grade point average. Grades as of March 13, 2020 will be posted in Blackboard no later than the end of business day on April 6, 2020.
  3. For students that do not have a passing grade as of March 13, 2020 and are ineligible for Aegrotat Standing and were unable to follow the completion plan due to medical, financial, technological or other extenuating circumstances can receive an I grade (In-Progress) until such time that the College can resume normal activities. At that time the student will be required to complete a single project or exam that will assess all outstanding outcomes.
  4. A student may voluntarily withdraw from their course without academic penalty or indication on their transcript, so long as final exams/final assessments have not been executed or submitted by the student. Please note that students who elect this option are to be aware of and review any potential implications to study permits and/or OSAP requirements. For inquiries related to your study permits please contact international@stclaircollege.ca. For inquiries related to OSAP requirements please contact financialaid@stclaircollege.ca. If you voluntarily withdraw from your courses you may re-take your courses free-of-charge at a later date.

If you are a student enrolled in EAP, Dual Credit, SCWI or Apprenticeship programs, a separate communication will be forthcoming.

We are hopeful that the options in this new policy will address the concerns of those of you who have had some difficulties with the transition to the online delivery format. We hope its multi-faceted flexibility will allow almost all students to, in one manner or another, complete the academic year...or in the case of our final-year students, the completion of your education.

In addition to the above options, St. Clair College will be providing a modified virtual framework for Grade Appeals. Once complete, this information will be available on the FAQ website.

On another topic, the need to drastically revamp the academic system so quickly meant that we are just, now, catching up on some other topics of concern to you – including the refunds for various operational service fees. My apologies for that. I hope you will appreciate, however, that our chief concern during the past few weeks has been ensuring the effectiveness of our continued academic service and the health and safety of our students, staff and our community.

The College will be processing an automatic refund of 40% of all ancillary fees, amounting to $262.50 per student, plus 100% refund of lockers and parking to those students that paid for those ancillary services for the Winter Semester.

It is, without a doubt, accurate to define you – the Saints of 2020 – as the most remarkable group of students in St. Clair’s 52-year history. You are in the midst of one of the most far-reaching and mind-boggling crises in recent global history ... and will not only survive through it but excel during it ... achieving your educational dreams during these uncertain times.

For those students who elect to voluntarily withdraw, please know that St. Clair College’s doors are always open. The College will work with you to achieve and complete your academic goals and pursuits.

As your President, as an educator, as a fellow human being, I am so immensely proud of each and every one of you.

Patti France, M.Ad.Ed.
President

The protection of the health and safety of St. Clair’s students and staff are of utmost importance. To date, the College has taken numerous steps in compliance with Public Health and Government requirements to ensure everyone’s safety. A key component of our strategy to reduce the risk on campuses is to limit access to the buildings to only computer labs. We have instituted stringent screening methods, physical distancing and cleaning protocols to ensure the safety of those who access this service.  
 
We all play a role in ensuring our campuses remain safe. If you are sick, do not book appointments or attempt to access the campus. If you become sick within 48 hours of being on campus please call 519-972-2756 and you will be directed to Health and Safety /Health Services. You will be asked to identify what areas you visited on campus (bathrooms, computer lab, food services etc.) so that we can mitigate any risk to other members of our College community.
 
As a reminder, to support all of our employees and students through this difficult time when health care services are limited, some College Health Services will be offered.

Our Health Services are available to staff and Enrolled Students on a limited basis through phone consultations with our Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners. They will be able to answer your health care questions, guide you through the healthcare system, and help you to manage your health care needs.

To speak to Health Services please call 519-972-2756 between 10:00am- 2:00pm.  If you require assistance outside these hours please visit the Health Services website for a link to other Community Health Care Services that you can contact. If you suspect you have COVID-19 there is a link to a self-assessment on the Government of Ontario website that will provide direction based on the outcome of the assessment. Please ensure to call first prior to attending a health care facility.
 
https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/#q0

Dear Saints:

Over the past week or so, you’ve received a number of messages from me, filled with official information and instructions about the College’s policies and plans to deal with the  Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

But, today, I just want to speak to you person-to-person, from the heart.

St. Clair has always prided itself on delivering an exceptional "real world" educational experience to its students, and that’s exactly what we were doing for the first three-quarters of this academic year.

During the past few weeks, however, the real world has become a surreal one – for all of us.

Believe me, I am just as astounded and taken aback as you must be at how rapidly and drastically this situation has evolved. Yes, the College had long-standing emergency plans in place for scenarios of this sort; and, yes, we’ve had to partially implement some elements of those plans in the past to cope with Y2K, SARS, MERS and H1N1. But those incidents pale in comparison to the unprecedented nature of this virus. Our role in responding to it has truly put us into uncharted territory. Not daily, but almost hourly, the College is receiving new recommendations and directives from local public health authorities, and the provincial and federal governments, as an attempt is made to stem the spread of this outbreak.

Throughout this process of crisis management, two considerations have dominated my thoughts:
First and foremost is the protection of the health and safety of St. Clair’s treasured students and staff. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is more important than that; and,

Secondarily, if that collective health and safety can be reasonably and sufficiently assured, might it be possible to continue to deliver the education which our students deserve, and to complete the academic year in acceptable fashion?

Our virtual efforts to foster social-distancing – and, thus, reduce the transmission rate – was implemented as the chief measure to protect personal health and safety. I would like to also thank and congratulate you on your efforts of self-isolating and social distancing and in doing your part in preventing the spread of this virus.

In my mind, from the outset of this threat, the answer to the question about the possibility of concluding the academic year had to be "Yes". We had to continue – one way or another – to make good on our promise, our “end of the bargain”: if a student enrols, we will strive to instill knowledge and skills, from the first day of classes to the last, from the first year to graduation.

Luckily, in a way, the scheduling of the necessary shut-down of the College meshed with our traditional March Break Week. That gave us five days to convert from in-class instruction to remote-access, video lecturing.

Many faculty and staff members customarily book vacation time during March Break, to spend time with their family. Given the alarming circumstances in which we find ourselves, they could not have been blamed if they had carried through with those scheduled holidays. But they didn’t. Faculty are working right now, being familiarized with the hardware and software needed to deliver their curriculum in electronic fashion and recording some of their preliminary on-line lessons. Support Staff and Administration are also working to provide support services to the best of our abilities, and we are working together to ensure a positive outcome and a solid education from St. Clair College. My colleagues and their commitment to students have awed me every single day during my quarter-century-long career at the College, but never more so than during this crisis. To them…"Thank You" is insufficient, but you know what underlines it: my deepest gratitude and admiration for all you do.

Collectively, the family of St. Clair employees is now re-emphasizing its dedication to you, the College’s students, because we wish to impress upon you that your educational goals and your career dreams are still very much achievable. The on-line delivery method may not be familiar, it may not even be ideal, but it will provide you with the semester-concluding knowledge and skills that you require. Given your commitment, I am confident that you will adapt to the new format, and conscientiously put in the work entailed in successfully wrapping up your studies.

Please review all of the assorted information on this page (and its assorted sub-pages) for details about the revised curriculum delivery format, and the on-going availability of a number of student services. And, please, keep checking that website – and your email, and Blackboard – for future messages from your professors and school chairs for very specific details about your courses.

Although, as I mentioned before, we are in somewhat uncharted territory, we do have a route laid out for our voyage. The final destination – the conclusion of this academic year; and, for some of you, your graduation – is in sight and within reach and we thank you for your patience at this time.

Together, overcoming the detours and obstacles created by this crisis, we shall reach that destination. And, together, we shall celebrate brighter and happier days.

Patti France
President

As part of the increased levels of containment protocols initiated by the Canadian Government regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Clair College has decided to cancel all placements/clinicals effective immediately until further notice. Please continue to monitor your College email and Blackboard accounts for further developments.

The welfare and safety of our staff, students and community is of utmost importance.

Communication to All Students

Dear St. Clair College Student:

The situation and evolution of the impact of COVID-19 has changed significantly within the last 24 hours. The Government of Canada has escalated all countries to a Level 3 or 4 risk.

In a continuous effort to keep our staff and students safe, the College is suspending the following on-campus labs and clinics commencing immediately until further notice, including:

  • Postsecondary
  • Apprenticeship
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  • Continuing Education.

As previously announced, all lectures will continue to be delivered online commencing March 23, 2020, to April 17, 2020, for the following activities:

  • Postsecondary
  • eCampus/Continuing Education online courses (as currently scheduled).

All clinicals, internships and placements are continuing, unless host institutions/employers are restricting or postponing them. Should a clinical, internship or placement be restricted or postponed, an alternate completion plan will need to be created, once all parties are able to do so, upon advisement of the placement sites to the College.

Students concerned with continuing in their clinical placement will be provided the option of removing themselves from the site and resuming their competency training at a later date that is agreeable to the placement site schedule. All students wishing to continue their placement must sign a Letter of Informed Consent.

The academic leadership team continues to review and prepare academic continuity and contingency plans. This may include the replacement of time missed in labs, clinicals and placements. St. Clair College is committed to ensuring these plans do not jeopardize your ability to complete your academic semester. Further communications will follow providing additional clarity.

St. Clair College remains operational and available for student support under very specific conditions. Student services such as Financial Aid, Registration, Admissions, Library, Counselling, Accessibility, Tutoring and Accommodations will continue virtually, by telephone, or by utilizing technology, and will also be provided by appointment only. Please call 519-972-2756 if you require any of these services.

The SRC Open Computer Lab, Chatham Campus Open Computer Lab and the TD Student Success Centre will remain open for students who do not have access to a computer. In an effort to practice social distancing and not overcrowd the labs, as suggested by the Government of Canada, please book an appointment for Computer Lab use by calling 519-972-2756. Students with appointments at the Main Campus, Chatham Campus or the TD Student Success Centre are to enter through the building’s Main Lobby and check-in with Security. We are also strongly advising you to engage in proper handwashing for preventative measures. Please note that anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 will not be granted access to the building.

To support safety and prevent the potential spread of the Coronavirus, we are following the travel recommendations provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Out of the concern for the well-being of our St. Clair College community, effective immediately, we are mandating the 14-day self-isolation period to all students who have traveled abroad, including any border crossings to Michigan, and are returning to Canada.

Upon your return, please immediately contact Public Health to report your travel. The Public Health Agency of Canada’s COVID-19 Self-Isolation Guidelines can be found at https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate.pdf?la=en.

To assist our international students, the Federal Government published via Twitter on Friday, March 13, 2020, the following announcement:

International students in Canada, take note: courses of study being delivered online on an exceptional basis due to #COVID19 will not affect Post-Graduation Work Permit Program eligibility for a post-graduation work permit. @univcan @CollegeCan

As we understand the anxiety that the current world health situation presents, we remind all students of our online mental health support services available. All campus services are identified on the following web page at https://www.stclaircollege.ca/student-services/counselling-services.

This situation and impacts of COVID-19 continue to evolve and is causing significant challenges and uncertainty. St. Clair College continues to exercise the greatest due diligence in the safety and well-being of our students and staff, while preserving to the best of our ability, the continuity and quality of teaching and learning.

The College thanks you for your patience and understanding as we work through a very rapidly evolving global situation together.

Please continue to see further updates on this page.

To all Staff and Students:

At this time, the Windsor-Essex County/Chatham-Kent Health Units continue to report that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our local area, and that the overall risk remains low for local residents and our campus communities.  We understand that there is significant concern now that the World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.  Colleges have engaged discussions with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities regarding next steps and we are continuing to follow the advice of our health professionals and are in collaboration with the other 23 Ontario colleges.  Information is evolving quickly and College planning will react accordingly, placing the health and safety of our staff and students at the forefront.

St. Clair’s administration – in consultation with the provincial government – is developing plans for the possible suspension of on-campus classes.  Special exceptions may be necessary for labs and clinical settings.  Changes to placements will be communicated by your program Chair and/or Coordinator.  St. Clair College is putting in place the necessary tools to enable additional online education to allow the majority of our courses to continue remotely.

More details about the specifics of on-line learning, on a course by course basis, will be forthcoming from School Chairs and individual professors.  Look for those detailed messages next week (Break Week) as the current planning is put into practice.

In an attempt to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a means of protecting both its students and staff, St. Clair College will implement these measures as of March 23, 2020 (when classes were set to resume after the March Break week).

St. Clair College has developed an FAQ site to disseminate information which can be found on our website at www.stclaircollege.ca/health-centre/coronavirus/faq.

Students departing for March Break:  As you depart the College on Friday, March 13, it is important that you take all of your textbooks, notebooks and other learning materials home with you, so that you have all required resources at-hand when the on-line delivery is launched on March 23.

A special message to international students:  The College is communicating regularly with both provincial and federal officials to advocate that this interruption of the academic year will not adversely affect the status of visas. Updates on this topic will be provided by the College via its main website, and some may be sent directly to international students via email.

St. Clair College, as always, is committed to the well-being of the communities of Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent.  It is in that spirit that it is implementing these measures to keep students, staff and citizens safe and healthy.

The health of our students and staff is of paramount concern to the College.  In this time of uncertainty, this alternative educational format is the best way of safeguarding that.  We encourage you to check the website frequently as information is developing quickly and the College’s position may change.  We look forward to a time in the not-too-distant future when we may all gather again, in person, to collectively pursue educational excellence.

Patti France
President

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Public health authorities have determined that one of the best ways to reduce the transmission of the virus is to curtail the person-to-person contact that occurs at large-scale public gatherings. The College is adopting that course of action.

St. Clair College’s Risk Management Committee is reviewing all College events on an ongoing basis using the Government of Canada’s risk management guidelines for mass gatherings during the Covid-19 global outbreak. The following events have been cancelled at this time:

Cancelled Events:

  • Desi Noise Night, March 12
  • No Mans Lan, March 13-14
  • Spring Drum Social, March 20
  • College Open House, March 21
  • Esports Tournament March 23
  • Heart & Stroke Soup Kitchen March 25
  • Crime Stoppers, March 25
  • Scholarship Awards March 26 & March 30
    • Award Recipients will be notified by the College Advancement Office to receive their awards.
  • Wingo (TSI Event in Chatham) March 26
  • Impact Wrestling March 28
  • Video Games DT March 31
  • HealthClair Day April 1

If these events can be restaged at a later date, once the threat of the virus’ outbreak has passed, announcements of their rescheduling will be made.

Also, as the progress of the outbreak is tracked in the coming weeks, decisions about the fate of college-based events which had been scheduled for April will be forthcoming.

The College’s Student Representative Council, Student Athletic Association and Thames Students Incorporated (Chatham campus) have also postponed/cancelled a number of their events during the coming weeks in response to the virus’ outbreak.

This page will be updated as the Risk Assessment Committee reviews events and considers advice from public health authorities.

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update

On March 11 the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.

Pandemic Defined:

"Pandemic" refers either to when disease attacks a majority of the population of a geographical area or when an epidemic occurs at the same time in many different parts of the world.

We want to assure our staff and students that St. Clair College is taking steps to prevent and to prepare for local cases. While the risk level at this time is considered low to medium in Canada, it is important to monitor the evolving situation, understand preventative measures and be prepared. It is important to remember that currently there are no local cases.

The College continues to remind staff and students to wash your hands often, cough into your sleeve, refrain from touching your face and practice social distancing, which means limiting public interactions. This will help to support your health and safety and that of those around you.

We are working with Public Health Units and local agencies to ensure that you have accurate information. It is their mandate to keep us informed of active cases in Canada and around the world. On our webpage, you will find links to trustworthy sources. Please visit https://www.stclaircollege.ca/health-centre

Preparedness Update:

To date, St. Clair College has:

  1. Updated its Pandemic Plan and convened a Pandemic Planning Steering Committee.
  2. Met with the Medical Officer of Health with the Windsor Essex County Health Unit.
  3. Increased touch-point cleaning at all campuses.
  4. Continued to re-implement posters in all washrooms regarding hand washing.
  5. Added additional hand sanitizer machines at all campuses and continue to monitor and replenish sanitizer equipment as required.
  6. Hosted a Town Hall with Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health, Windsor Essex County Health Unit, who provided updates on the Coronavirus. The taped recording will be posted on the Health Centre webpage (Above).
  7. Instituted risk assessment protocol and mitigation measures with respect to travel and events being held on campus.

St. Clair College Expectations:

  1. We ask that everyone monitor themselves for symptoms if you travel to affected cities/countries.

If you are a Windsor or Chatham student and have symptoms, self-isolate and call your local Public Health Unit (Windsor-Essex 519-258-2146 Ext. 1420), Chatham-Kent (519-355-1071 Ext. 2) or Tele-Health Ontario (1-866-797-0000).

  • Do not come to the Campus Health Centre. We are not a testing centre and cannot support isolation requirements.
  • If symptoms are serious in nature, call 911 and alert them to your recent travel/contact and symptoms. They will provide direction.

If you are a Toronto-area student and have symptoms, self-isolate and call Tele-Health Ontario (1-866-797-0000).

  • If symptoms are serious in nature, call 911 and alert them to your recent travel/contact and symptoms. They will provide direction.
  1. We are encouraging staff and students to stay home if you have active symptoms of a cough or flu and have travel or contact history that meets the guidelines. If you think that you may have contracted Covid-19, stay home and call the Public Health Unit or Tele-Health as above.
  2. Business travel outside of Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent has been cancelled for our Windsor and Chatham staff and students.  Business travel outside of the Greater Toronto Area has been cancelled for our Toronto area staff and students.
  3. St. Clair College is still encouraging individuals to get a flu shot to protect against serious influenza illness.

Also, we are requesting that our Windsor and Chatham staff and students complete our questionnaires if you are scheduled to travel outside of Windsor, Essex County or Chatham-Kent.

We are also requesting that our Toronto area staff and students complete our questionnaires if you are scheduled to travel outside of the Greater Toronto Area.

This is a mandatory requirement for those travelling to:

China, Iran, Northern Italy, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, France, Germany and Spain.

Ongoing Communications:

Currently, there are no cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Windsor and Essex County or Chatham-Kent and the overall risk is low for our residents. We encourage our staff and students to treat each other with respect and to avoid making judgments during times of fear and uncertainty.

St. Clair is committed to ensuring its staff and students are equipped with the latest information provided by our health organizations. Communication regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and local impacts will be posted on the Health Centre webpage.

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update

With the Covid-19 infection rate climbing in many countries, St. Clair College is taking steps to prevent and to prepare for local cases.  While the risk level is still considered low in Canada, it is important to monitor the evolving situation, understand preventative measures and be prepared.

First and foremost, we are working with Public Health Units and local agencies to ensure that you have accurate information.  It is their mandate to keep us informed of active cases in Canada and around the world.  On our webpage, you will find links to trustworthy sources.  Please visit https://www.stclaircollege.ca/health-centre

Prevention:

Public Health Authorities have indicated that the best defense against this virus is to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, cough into your sleeve and avoid touching your face. This will help to support your health and safety and that of those around you.

Ongoing Communications and Town Hall Meeting:

Currently, there are no cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Windsor and Essex County or Chatham-Kent and the overall risk is low for our residents.  We encourage our staff and students to treat each other with respect and to avoid making judgments during times of fear and uncertainty.

St. Clair is committed to ensuring its staff and students are equipped with the latest information provided by our health organizations.  At this point, this is not a Pandemic. If a Pandemic is declared by the World Health Organization, we will enact our Pandemic plan and provide additional information and instructions.

St. Clair will continue to monitor this evolving International Health Situation and provide updated communication as appropriate through email and on our College Health Centre webpage.

Town Hall Meeting

For more information on the Covid-19 Virus (Coronavirus), you are invited to attend a Town Hall meeting with Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit at the South Campus SportsPlex on Tuesday, March 10 at 12:30PM.

Preparedness Update:

To date, St. Clair College has:

  1. Met on pre-pandemic planning internally and with our public health partners
  2. Increased touch-point cleaning
  3. Continued to re-implement posters in all washrooms regarding hand washing
  4. Updated our webpage
  5. Communicated with staff and students

At this time, St. Clair College is taking the additional steps for your health and safety:

  1. With the upcoming March Break, we are asking that staff and students who travel abroad (outside of Canada) to please complete the on-line reporting form informing us of your travel plans.  This information will be maintained by the College Health Centre and only released to the Public Health Unit if required and with your knowledge.  The on-line travel questionnaire will be on the College Health Centre webpage early next week.
  2. We ask that everyone monitor themselves for symptoms if you travel to affected cities/countries. Please follow the guidelines on the Public Health Ontario webpage (link provided on the College Health Centre webpage).  Symptoms include:
    • Fever
    • Coughing/Sneezing
    • Difficulty Breathing
      • If you have symptoms, self-isolate and call your local Public Health Unit (Windsor-Essex 519-258-2146 Ext. 7), Chatham-Kent (519-355-1071 Ext. 2) or Tele-Health Ontario (1-866-797-0000).
      • Do not come to the Campus Health Centre. We are not a testing centre and cannot support isolation requirements.
      • If symptoms are serious in nature, call 911 and alert them to your recent travel/contact and symptoms.   They will provide direction.
  3. We are encouraging staff and students to stay home if you have active symptoms of a cough or flu and have travel or contact history that meets the guidelines.  If you think that you may have contracted Covid-19, stay home and call the Public Health Unit or Tele-Health as above.
  4. Staff shall refrain from business travel abroad and only conduct business-related travel within Canada if essential and approved.
  5. St. Clair College is still encouraging individuals to get a flu shot to protect against serious influenza illness.

St. Clair College continues to monitor concerns associated with novel coronavirus. The College is also working closely with the Ministry of Health and Local Health Units. Accessing the correct information is very important and the government has set up a web site to ensure that this information is available to you.

The public health risk is still assessed as low for Canadians. However, the case definition has been expanded to those who are symptomatic and have travelled to an impacted area (China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore and South Korea), or had close contact with a confirmed or probable case of Covid-19 or close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has been to an impacted area.

In addition, the Public Health Agency of Canada has updated guidance for travellers. It is now recommended that travellers who have been to Hubei province limit their contact with others for 14 days following arrival in Canada (self-isolation). These travellers are also asked to contact local public health upon arrival.

As we are still in cold and flu season and Influenza A and B are still very much in circulation, you are still encouraged to use normal precautions to protect yourself against all viruses. These include good hand hygiene, avoiding touching your face and staying home if you are ill.

If you are concerned about your symptoms and have recent travel history to the areas in China of concern, please attend a local health clinic, not the College Health Centre. Please call ahead, inform them of the nature of your visit, and follow their direction. If you search for medical clinics near me on your browser, you can choose any that apply and are close to your location. Alternatively, you can call the Health Centre at 519-972-2380 and they will direct you.

Ontario Government Protecting Students from Emerging Issue of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Ministry of Health

TORONTO - Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities issued the following joint statement on the province's ongoing response to the emerging issue of the 2019 novel coronavirus:

"The health and well-being of Ontarians, including our postsecondary students and faculty from Canada and abroad, is our number one priority. Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, and Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, are in regular contact with leaders in the education field informing them of the province's extensive protocols to monitor, detect and contain any cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus. Most recently, Dr. Williams and Dr. Yaffe led briefings this week with leaders from Ontario's colleges and universities to provide the most up-to-date information.

Ontario is working closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada and local public health units to continue to actively monitor and respond to this emerging situation.

Existing protocols have been strengthened surrounding the identification and control of the 2019 novel coronavirus in Ontario. Everyone should take comfort in knowing that our skilled health care providers are bringing their considerable experience to effectively monitor and respond to any reported cases, including the two confirmed cases in Toronto.

To students who may be concerned about false information circulating online, the province has put in place new and trusted resources for you to stay informed, including a dedicated web page on the 2019 novel coronavirus.

We want to assure everyone that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities are working in cooperation with our partners in both the health care and post-secondary sectors to ensure the continued safety and well-being of our college and university communities."

 To help educate Ontarians about the 2019 novel coronavirus, how they can protect themselves and what to do if they suspect they may be at risk, the province has launched a dedicated web page. There will also be regular updates provided to the media and key stakeholders to ensure the public is fully informed.