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We know the VCC community is concerned with the recent coronavirus outbreak and its arrival in British Columbia.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced the third and fourth presumptive cases of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in British Columbia on February 6, 2020. Both of these cases were expected, as they are contained to the same household as the second case announced on Feb. 4.
Additionally, a letter from Dr. Bonnie Henry was issued to all parents and students in the K-12 sector on February 7, 2020, we are sharing that letter with you here as additional information: Letter to Parents/Guardians of K-12 Students from Ministry of Health .
Even with these announcements, the risk to residents in the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) region and in B.C. remains low. Health care staff in our region are prepared should other cases arise.
At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with the virus as “low for Canada and for Canadian travelers”.
We can all help to reduce the spread of infections by following proper respiratory hygiene etiquette during the cold and flu season. This includes:
VCC takes the safety and security of our community both in Canada and abroad very seriously. We will continue to take guidance from provincial and federal agencies on all prevention recommendations.
Examples of some of the steps that have been taken so far at VCC:
We appreciate your cooperation in helping keep our community safe.
Coronavirus – update for VCC students and employees
Posted on Jan 31, 2020