Posted: Feb. 24, 2020
With the approach of Reading Week, Wilfrid Laurier University would like to remind students, staff and faculty that the Canadian government has issued a Level 3 advisory to avoid all non-essential travel to China and to avoid all travel to China’s Hubei province due to the outbreak of a novel coronavirus.
For this reason, Laurier has cancelled all university-sanctioned travel to and from China for staff, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students until further notice.
The following is based on information available as of Feb. 12, 2020. As this is an evolving situation, conditions and Public Health advice may change.
For those who have travelled or choose to travel to China, it is critical to note that the Canadian government is urging anyone who travels to China’s Hubei province to self-isolate themselves for 14 days upon their return to Canada. This means staying at home and limiting your contact with other people for the 14-day period. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that people returning from Hubei province contact their local Public Health Authority within 24 hours of arriving in Canada. This will reduce your risk of spreading infection to others. In Kitchener-Waterloo, please contact the Region of Waterloo Public Health unit; in Brantford, the Brant County Health unit; in Toronto, the Toronto Public Health unit.
Public Health authorities are also advising travellers returning from mainland China (other than from Hubei province) to self-monitor for signs and symptoms for 14 days after leaving China. If you experience symptoms within 14 days, avoid contact with others (e.g. stay home from school, work or child care; avoid group activities, public places or taking public transit; and refrain from having visitors). Also, follow-up with a health care provider and your local Public Health unit.
For students who may have travelled to Hubei province and are returning to live in a Laurier residence building, please follow the self-isolation information you receive at the airport and do not return to your residence building until you have alerted Laurier’s Residence Life staff in advance and arrangements are made to help protect your health and the health of others. To reach Residence Life staff, please call Laurier Special Constable Service and they will put you in contact with a staff member from Laurier Residence Life, 519.884.0710 x3333. Students returning from mainland China (other than from Hubei province) are advised by Public Health to self-monitor for signs and symptoms for 14 days after leaving China.
If students are unable to return to the university as a result of travel restrictions, undergraduate students should contact academic advising in the faculty in which they are registered for appropriate support and counsel. Graduate students should contact their program advisor. Contact information is available on Laurier’s Academic Advising webpage.
For staff or faculty who choose to engage in personal travel to Hubei province and are returning to work, please follow the self-isolation information you receive at the airport and do not return to the workplace until you have spoken with Human Resources and developed an accommodation plan that adheres to the self-isolation requirements. You can contact the confidential Health and Abilities office in Human Resources at email@example.com or x2452 for more information and to make necessary accommodation arrangements. Employees returning from mainland China (other than from Hubei province) are advised by Public Health to self-monitor for signs and symptoms for 14 days after leaving China.
The novel coronavirus is an evolving situation. For updates, view the Public Health links on Laurier’s coronavirus webpage and our frequently asked questions. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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