Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) update Feb. 7

RRU Staff

Updated Feb. 7, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

This post will be updated regularly as we have more information about coronavirus.

The university continues to monitor the outbreak of 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease and is closely following advice from public health officials. We will keep this page updated as the situation unfolds.

The university has put together a Frequently Asked Questions document about Royal Roads’ response to the virus. Feel free to share with students, staff and faculty.

There are four reported cases of 2019-nCoV in British Columbia. According to the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the risk to people in British Columbia and Canada is considered low.

If you have questions or concerns about the novel coronavirus, visit HealthLinkBC. You can also call the Government of Canada 2019-nCoV information line at 1-833-784-4397. If you have a health concern, need non-emergency assistance getting medical help, or need medical translation services, you can call HealthLinkBC’s 8-1-1 information line free of charge.

Updated Jan. 29, 2020 at 4:50 p.m.

Students, faculty and staff of Royal Roads University are advised to avoid travel to China at this time, due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus.

Faculty, associate faculty and staff scheduled to travel to China for university business should contact their manager or dean. Students should contact the staff or faculty member arranging their trip.

Global Affairs Canada’s Travel Health Notice for China has practical information and recommendations.

The novel coronavirus, which began to spread in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, continues to be watched closely by public health officials worldwide.

There is one reported case in British Columbia. According to the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the risk to British Columbians and people in Canada is considered low.

Royal Roads is following information and advice from public health officials and experts as the university monitors the situation surrounding the coronavirus.

Have you recently travelled abroad?

If you recently travelled to Canada from China, PHAC asks you to monitor your health. If you become sick, avoid contact with others except a health care professional. Tell your health care professional about recent travel and your symptoms.

Seek immediate medical care if you have been in Wuhan or other confirmed outbreak areas and develop fever with a cough or difficulty breathing.

Leaving soon for an international trip?

Sign up for International SOS, which offers medical, safety and security assistance to students, faculty and staff when travelling abroad on Royal Roads business. iSOS is available 24/7/365 to provide travel-related assistance, including pre-trip consults, advice, and support in case of emergency.

Download the app for updates about essential information and important travel advisories.

iSOS has also published a handy pocket guide on coronavirus.

You can also sign up for Registration of Canadians Abroad, a free service that allows the Government of Canada to notify you in case of an emergency abroad or a personal emergency at home.

Staying healthy

BCCDC and HealthLinkBC recommend some precautions you can take to avoid catching respiratory illnesses, with frequent hand washing at the top of the list.

The university will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.

Read more about novel coronavirus in Canada.