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  • Coronavirus team keeps a watch over Brock campus

    While several new cases of novel coronavirus have been detected in Toronto this week, there are no signs in Niagara Region of the virus or of the illness it causes, COVID-19.

    At Brock University, a designated coronavirus planning team continues surveillance of activities on campus. Brock staff are closely following the lead of Niagara Region Public Health, where officials are collaborating around the clock with local hospitals, emergency services, provincial and national health agencies.

    Health experts say the risk for Canadians is low. Confirmed cases in Canada involve people who have travelled to China, Iran or Egypt, and a number of their close contacts. The Government of Canada has recommended that travellers from Iran should self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in Canada.

    Brock takes its direction and information about coronavirus from health authorities at the federal, provincial and regional levels.

    For updates and information about care and prevention regarding coronaviruses, be sure to read these advisories from health authorities:

  • Reaching out to Brock students abroad

    As health agencies around the world maintain scrutiny of the Novel Coronavirus, and institutions or governments consider new measures and restrictions to stop it from further spreading, officials at Brock University are closely monitoring the situation in Niagara region and around Ontario.

    Niagara Public Health has reported no new confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus in this region, and the consensus of international health experts is that the risk for Canadians is low.

    In light of the global presence of Coronavirus, officials at Brock are reaching out to students who are studying abroad, to check on their wellbeing, ensure that their location information is up to date, and remind them to maintain regular contact with the University as well as their families.

  • Coronavirus update ahead of Reading Week

    Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services issued a memo Thursday updating the information about novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Brock University continues to monitor the situation and follow the guidance provided by public health officials in Niagara, as well as across the province and country.

    With Reading Week taking place Feb. 17-21, Brock students, faculty and staff are encouraged to follow the recommendations provided by public health officials.

    Niagara Region Public Health reminds residents that the risk of getting this virus continues to be low in Niagara because there is no evidence of community spread in Canada. Any person who is suspected or tested for the virus is immediately isolated. Their close contacts are very closely followed and isolated if they develop any symptoms.

    Recommendations for travelers from Hubei Province

    If you have travelled to Hubei Province in the last 14 days, limit your contact with others for a total of 14 days from the date that you left Hubei Province. Please self-isolate and stay at home. Contact Public Health (PH) within 24 hours of arriving in Canada at 1-888-505-6074 or 905-688-8248 ext. 7330

    Recommendations for travelers from mainland China

    If you have travelled from mainland China in the last 14 days, monitor yourself for respiratory symptoms including fever, new cough and difficulty breathing. Should these respiratory symptoms develop within 14 days after leaving mainland China, contact your health care professional or PH immediately. Inform your health care professional or call PH about your symptoms and travel history before seeking medical care so we can discuss the most appropriate transportation options and site for testing.

    Screening of travelers at the entry to Canada

    Canada has a number of standard border measures in place to prevent the entry of infectious diseases in Canada. All international travelers arriving in international airports are being asked additional screening questions to determine if they have visited mainland China. If they develop symptoms, they are told to remain home and call their health care professional or PH to avoid exposing others. Symptoms of the virus occur within 14 days after being exposed.

    Prevention

    Members of the public are advised to take the usual measures to reduce the risk of respiratory illness, including:

    • Stay home if you’re sick. Return to work or school when you’re well
    • Wash your hands often. Use soap and water or hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze. With a tissue or into your sleeve. Increase cleaning and disinfection of surfaces.
    • Keep your distance. Avoid shaking hands and close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid sharing personal items. Especially those that come into contact with saliva, such as toothbrushes and eating utensils.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    Prior to traveling, check the Public Health Agency of Canada for any travel advice or advisories.

  • Public health officials continue to monitor spread of novel coronavirus

    Reading Week is fast approaching and Brock University students, staff and faculty are reminded of the Government of Canada’s advisories on travel to China. The government is urging Canadians to avoid all travel to Hubei Province, to avoid all non-essential travel to China and is asking Canadians in China to consider leaving the country if their presence isn’t essential.

    Air Canada has joined numerous air carriers around the world in cancelling all flights to Beijing and Shanghai. Canadian airports are encouraging passengers to check their airline status before they head to the airport.

    While there are no known cases of the virus in Niagara region, staff at Brock University continue to work with public health officials and closely monitor the campus for any signs of concern.

    The World Health Organization said Thursday there were 28,276 confirmed cases of Wuhan Novel Coronavirus around the world with 564 confirmed deaths. The vast majority of cases are located in China, where the WHO risk assessment remains very high.

    For more information, read the FAQs listed on this web page. For updates and information about care and prevention regarding coronaviruses, please read these advisories from health authorities:

  • Canadian government advises against travel to China

    As governments and health agencies accelerate efforts to contain the spread of Wuhan Novel Coronavirus, staff at Brock University continue to work with public health officials and closely monitor the campus for any signs of concern.

    There are no known cases of the virus in Niagara region.

    Yesterday the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency as thousands of new cases of coronavirus are being reported in a growing number of countries, after it was first identified in China.

    The health and safety of students, faculty and staff remains Brock University’s first priority. Anyone travelling abroad can refer to the Government of Canada’s travel advisory that people should avoid non-essential travel to China, and avoid all travel to the province of Hubei, including the cities of Wuhan, Huanggang and Ezhou.

    Air Canada has cancelled all flights to and from China during the month of February, joining other airlines who are announcing similar restrictions.

    Brock University takes its direction and information about coronavirus from health authorities at the federal, provincial and regional levels.

    For more information, read the FAQs listed on this web page.  For updates and information about care and prevention regarding coronaviruses, be sure to read these advisories from health authorities:

  • Brock University continues to monitor Coronavirus

    Officials at Brock University continue to closely track updated information regarding Wuhan Novel Coronavirus.

    Brock University takes its direction and information about coronavirus from health authorities at the federal, provincial and regional levels. This includes background resources and recommended health care actions from Public Health that have been shared with clinicians at the Student Health Services clinic.

    For updates and information about care and prevention regarding coronaviruses, be sure to read these advisories from health authorities:

    Canada’s first two presumptive cases of the illness have been reported in Toronto, where both parties are in quarantine. Globally, hundreds of people have been diagnosed with the illness, the vast majority of them in China.

    Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

    Anyone who has travelled to Wuhan, China and developed symptoms of the infection, should avoid contact with others and contact their doctor or call a clinic to get advice on when to visit.

    Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

  • Brock University remains vigilant for Coronavirus

    Brock University officials are closely monitoring information updates regarding the possible spread of Coronavirus, also known as Wuhan virus, into the Niagara region.

    No confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in Canada, and the Niagara Region Public Health Unit reports that the risk to Niagara residents is low. 

    Niagara Region Public Health medical advisory

    Health Canada has also issued an advisory on the virus.

    The virus is a strain of pneumonia that emerged last month in China and has spread to other countries, including the United States, South Korea, Japan and Thailand, carried by travelers. Several hundred people outside of Canada have been infected, and it is the suspected cause of at least 17 deaths in China.

    Here in Canada, airports and hospitals are stepping up detection and sanitary measures.

    The Niagara Region Public Health Unit is actively monitoring the situation and collaborating with local hospitals, emergency services, provincial and national colleagues.

    This strain of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is different from the common human coronavirus that circulates seasonally in Niagara.

    Brock University will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as required.