Please check our coronavirus information website for details.
UPDATE THREE Feb. 3, 2020
The Government of Canada has updated its travel advisories in relation to the coronavirus outbreak in China. In addition to advising that Canadians avoid all travel to Hubei Province (Wuhan), the government advises to avoid all non-essential travel to China.
As a result, the university is restricting travel to China until further notice and recommends that faculty, staff and students follow the Government of Canada’s advisory. The university will make every effort to prevent or mitigate any potential impact on academic activities.
All members of the Carleton community who plan on travelling should continue to monitor the Government of Canada’s Travel Advice and Advisories for the most up-to-date information prior to their departure date. Faculty, staff and students are also encouraged to register with International SOS.
Up-to-date information will continue to be posted on Carleton’s coronavirus website.
On Jan. 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the coronavirus as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the risk as low for Canada. There are currently four confirmed cases in Canada.
Ottawa Public Health encourages you to consult a health care professional if you have a fever and respiratory symptoms, such as shortness of breath, breathing difficulties and any of the following:
- Have travelled to Hubei Province (Wuhan), China in the 14 days before onset of illness
- Have been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of novel coronavirus
- Have been in close contact with anyone that has had respiratory illness and who has been to Hubei Province (Wuhan) within 14 days prior to their illness onset
Carleton University continues to follow the advice provided by the Government of Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario and Ottawa Public Health for the latest information about the coronavirus and recommendations for prevention.
In times like these, we are reminded of the strong, supportive and inclusive community culture we have at Carleton. The University appreciates the solidarity and mutual respect shown by everyone at this uncertain time.
To keep the Carleton community informed and combat the spread of misinformation, a new Q&A has been created that provides basic information and responds to common questions. The information provided in this Q&A is a summary of facts from these health agencies.
Click here to access the Q&A: https://students.carleton.ca/coronavirus/
On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the province of Ontario noted one confirmed case and one presumptive case of the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Toronto. The Government of Canada also advised Canadians “to avoid all travel to the province of Hubei, including the cities of Wuhan, Huanggang and Ezhou, due to the imposition of heavy travel restrictions to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.”
Though it is likely other cases are expected, the Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the public health risk associated with 2019-nCoV as low for Canada and Canadian travelers. They will continue to monitor and collaborate with the World Health Organization.
Carleton continues to monitor the situation and advises all community members to follow the health advice as provided by Canadian health agencies. Ottawa Public Health advises everyone to practice the normal precautions to reduce the spread of germs:
1. Washing your hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
2. Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm, not your hand
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, unless you have just washed your hands
4. Stay home if you are sick
5. Get your flu shot.
For up-to-date information about the coronavirus, visit:
Ottawa Public Health: visit here.
Government of Canada: canada.ca/coronavirus and a new coronavirus information line: 1-833-784-4397
Ontario Government: ontario.ca/coronavirus (website updated daily at 10:30 a.m.) and 24/7 help by phone at 1-866-797-0000
U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
For Travel Guidance and Advice:
Government of Canada Travel Advice: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories/pneumonia-china
International SOS: https://www.internationalsos.com/ (to sign in, Carleton’s membership log in number is: 27ACAS714670)