COVID-19 – latest update for VCC students and employees

Posted on March 25, 2020, reviewed on April 1, 2020

Find answers to COVID-19 frequently asked questions

 

VCC is committed to the health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty. The VCC Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) continues to meet regularly throughout the week to actively monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 and liaise with local and provincial health authorities. The EOC will continue to put plans in place for timely responses to the VCC community, as needed.

VCC’s senior leadership team also continues to meet daily to evaluate and respond to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak.

In response to this unprecedented situation, VCC has implemented the following measures, which are aligned with advice from public health authorities, and provincial government: 

 

ACCESS TO CAMPUS SERVICES

VCC campuses are operating, with restricted access. In-person services have moved online and are using alternative modes of delivery. 

To ensure that VCC is actively supporting physical distancing recommendations from the health authorities, we are temporarily moving all in-person, on-campus services for students and the public to online/phone-call-only options. 

See VCC’s COVID-19 FAQ page for details on how to access college services online. 

 

CONVOCATION

VCC’s Spring 2020 convocation (originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, 2020) is postponed. VCC is looking at alternatives to celebrate the accomplishments of our students. Including the possibility of holding an additional ceremony in conjunction with our Fall 2020 ceremony. However, this will be dependent on being able to ensure everyone's health and safety to gather in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

VCC will be in contact with our graduates as additional information becomes available. 

 

COURSE/PROGRAM DELIVERY

All face-to-face classes have been temporarily paused and classes that are currently being delivered by alternative methods (i.e. online) will continue. Alternative program delivery continues in collaboration with academic leaders, deans, and directors and is determined by individual VCC departments. Instructors will contact students with guidance about alternative modes, which may include online instruction and assessment. This process will be in place for the foreseeable future. 

If you have any questions regarding your programs or classes, departmental contact information can be found at https://www.vcc.ca/directory/

 

COURSE WITHDRAWALS 

Withdrawal deadlines have been extended for those currently taking classes. Students can withdraw up to the final day of class and receive a grade of 'W' for their course.

VCC students requesting a withdrawal can either submit the Course Drop/Add and Program Withdrawal form (PDF) form or e-mail the Registrar’s Office at ro@vcc.ca. Please provide your name, student ID number, and the name of the course or program you wish to withdraw from.

Additional announcements will be coming soon to address:

 

STAFF AND ONGOING OPERATIONS OF VCC

VCC operations continue in order to provide quality learning and training opportunities in alternate ways – learners will not be left behind and will be prepared for future opportunities.

Many VCC staff have transitioned to working remotely during this challenging time. For those employees who want to work from the campus, or need to provide critical on-campus supports, we ask you to actively support 'physical distancing' recommendations from the health authorities. Please refer to VCC’s Situational awareness document on myVCC. 

 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS 

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, you may be worried about the health and safety of yourself or your family and friends. This is a challenging and uncertain time. It is not uncommon to experience higher levels of stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. If this is your experience, please seek help and support.

Counselling and supports are available online to students and VCC employees who are affected by COVID-19. We encourage everyone who may need support at this time to contact one of the following services:

Students: Counselling Services or 24-hour emergency lines 

Employees: Employee & Family Assistance Program

The B.C. Ministry of Health has also developed a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment tool to help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. 

Guidance and recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer are available online at the BC Pandemic Preparedness website. 

Monitor the BC Centre for Disease Control website for updates, information, and resources.

 


 

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COVID-19 update – VCC pausing all face-to-face instruction for the time being

Posted on March 19, 2020, reviewed on March 24, 2020

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A message from Ajay Patel, Interim President of Vancouver Community College

Watch an American Sign Language (ASL) version of this message 

 

VCC students and employees, 

As VCC continues to receive updated information and guidance about the COVID-19 pandemic from the Provincial Health Officer and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training, I would like to update you on VCC program delivery and operations, campus services, and ongoing health and wellness for the VCC students and employees.The college, along with the public post-secondary system in B.C., remains open as directed by the Provincial Health Officer. Please remember, as the recommended response to COVID-19 continues to change, so too may the information. 

I want to extend my personal gratitude and thanks to everyone for the collaborative and extensive work by all of you, in a very short and disruptive time, to make the shifts and changes to the way we deliver education and operate.  I am heartened to see the support and care for each other, and inspired by the innovation and creativity many of you are showing in situations where time is of the essence.  You have all been REMARKABLE! 

 

1. Delivery of programs for students next week

This week, the Emergency Operations Committee (EOC), faculty, instructors and staff have put a tremendous amount of work into shifting course delivery from in person to online or alternative methods. These adaptations have been made to support the continuity of teaching and learning through the evolving situation of COVID-19. Our overarching goal is to ensure we are actively contributing to society’s greater efforts to stop the spread of the virus.

With most of our programs moving to alternate methods of delivery, we are pausing all face-to-face classes for the time being. Alternative delivery methods that have been established will continue to take place. We will continue to monitor the situation and update students accordingly.

At this time, our educational leadership teams are continuing to assess what needs to happen with some of these complex, hands-on courses and programs that are not easily shifted to on-line delivery. We understand that this uncertainty can be frustrating and worrisome for students and faculty. 

Instructors will be in communication with students about delivery and service changes soon, if they have not already done so.

 

2. Staff and the ongoing operations of VCC

VCC is currently transitioning to have some VCC staff working remotely. For employees wanting or needing to continue to come to work, plans and approaches are being developed to provide as much flexibility based on the provincial health officer’s guidelines.

 

3. Access to campus services

To ensure we are actively supporting ‘social distancing’ recommendations from the health authorities, we are temporarily moving all in-person/face-to-face on-campus services for students and the public, to online/phone call only options. 

For detailed information about accessing campus services online go to: vcc.ca/bulletins/covid19-faqs

 

4. Health & Wellness 

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, you may be worried about the health and safety of yourself or your family and friends. This is a challenging and uncertain time. It is not uncommon to experience higher levels of stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. If this is your experience, please seek help and support.

Counselling and supports are available online to students and VCC employees who are affected by COVID-19. We encourage everyone who may need support at this time to contact one of the following services:

 

Students: Counselling Services or 24-hour emergency lines 

Employees: Employee & Family Assistance Program

 

Also, the BC Ministry of Health developed a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment tool to help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. Guidance and recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer are available online at the BC Pandemic Preparedness website. Monitor the BC Centre for Disease Control website for updates, information and resources.

For non-health related COVID-19 questions (e.g. supports, programs, etc), a new dedicated phone line is available at 1-888-COVID-19.

 

Ajay Patel
President and CEO (Interim)
Vancouver Community College

 


 

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COVID-19 update – VCC temporarily suspending face-to-face instruction for the week

Posted on March 18, 2020

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To mitigate further risk to the spread of COVID-19, we are closing face to face/in person registration at VCC.

 

Registration for Spring 2020 will open online at 8:30 a.m. on March 19, 2020.

 

Application information can be found here:
https://www.vcc.ca/applying/apply-now/

 

The Registrar's Office will not be open for in person registration.

Please register online or call 604.871.7000 and press option 4 for assistance.

Payments can be paid online:
https://www.vcc.ca/applying/registration-services/fees-and-payments/


VCC temporarily suspending face-to-face instruction and moving to alternate modes of delivery

A message from Ajay Patel, Interim President of Vancouver Community College

Watch an American Sign Language (ASL) version of this message. 

March 16, 2020

 

Dear VCC community,

Thank you for your patience and understanding during a very challenging and complex time. Vancouver Community College (VCC) will be temporarily suspending all in-person classes for the rest of the week beginning Tuesday, March 17 in order to transition to alternative modes of program and course delivery where possible.

VCC campuses will remain open and student services will be available during this time, although services for students may be modified. We encourage students to contact our offices online and by phone.

We realize that this is a very stressful time for many students and employees. These steps are being taken out of an abundance of ongoing caution and a desire for VCC do its part in promoting social distancing and containing the spread of COVID-19. It is important to note that there are currently no confirmed COVID-19 cases at VCC.


Alternative program delivery at VCC

Specific modes of alternative program delivery will be determined by individual VCC departments. Instructors will contact students with guidance about alternative modes, which may include online instruction, and assessment, or other forms of non-face-to-face learning. This process will be in place for the foreseeable future.

Given the wide range of programs and hands-on courses at VCC, the transition time will vary, and instructors have been asked to contact students as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and patience in this process. Alongside these increased health and safety precautions, VCC is committed to helping students continue their programs, where possible.


Commercial services closed 

VCC has many programs that support student-run commercial services throughout the college that serve the public. Until further notice, all commercial services will be closed, including the Dental Clinic, Salon and Spa, Automotive Shop, Seiffert’s Market, the Bistro, and JJ’s Restaurant.

This situation surrounding COVID-19 is unprecedented and stressful, but we are a resilient community. Thank you, not only for your patience with college decision making, but also for supporting one another mentally and emotionally at this time. At VCC, we greatly value the health and wellbeing of all our students and employees, and we will continue to follow the advice of health officials in order to come through this together.

 

Ajay Patel
President and CEO (Interim)
Vancouver Community College

 

To mitigate further risk to the spread of COVID-19, we are closing face to face/in person registration at VCC.
Registration for Spring 2020 will open online at 8:30 on March 19, 2020. 
Application information can be found here:https://www.vcc.ca/applying/apply-now/
The Registration Office will not be open for in person registration. Please register online or call 604-871-7000 and press 4 for assistance. Payments can be paid online: https://www.vcc.ca/applying/registration-services/fees-and-payments/

 

 


 

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VCC is open, transitioning to alternative delivery to allow students to continue programs

A message from Ajay Patel, Interim President of Vancouver Community College

To students and employees at VCC,

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this very challenging and complex time. Vancouver Community College (VCC) continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and has the health of our college community, students, and employees as our top priority.

The VCC Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and deans met today to discuss additional measures on how we can maintain social distancing on campus to minimize close contact with each other. This is in alignment with the guidance from the Provincial Health Officer, and we are working with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

Until further notice, our campuses will remain open and services will continue to be provided. The college will continue to review its actions as the situation evolves.


Alternative program delivery

Where possible and reasonable, VCC is transitioning to alternative modes of instruction and assessment for the rest of the term, which may include online delivery for some students.

Given the wide range of programs and courses at VCC, it will take time to transition to these new measures. Classes will continue as scheduled unless students learn otherwise from their instructors, who will be taking guidance from their department leaders and deans.

Because of the diversity of the types of programs we offer, we recognize that not all programs, courses, labs, and shops may be suited to alternative deliveries. Our deans will be working with instructors, departments, and program areas to determine whether and how best to accommodate alternative methods of instruction and assessment. Students will learn of the changes affecting them through their instructors as the changes are implemented. 


COVID-19 and the VCC community

This step is being taken out of an abundance of caution and a desire of VCC to do its part in helping to contain the spread of COVID-19. It is important to note that, at this time, there are no known COVID-19 cases at VCC. At this point, there is no direction from the Provincial Health Officer to close campuses, and the risk of infection remains low.

Providing a safe and healthy learning and working environment for students and employees is a focus for our deliberations and decision-making in these matters. We also want to ensure that students receive the education and assessment that will deliver the learning outcomes they seek.

 


What is VCC doing?

Our announcement on Friday, March 13 was the latest in a series of steps we have already taken as we have followed the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer and health authorities. In response, other recommendations from government that we have put into place include:


My gratitude to all students and employees for your hard work and understanding during this challenging time. It is our desire to ensure students complete their studies this term.

Please continue to visit vcc.ca/bulletins for updates and relevant information.

 

Ajay Patel
President and CEO (Interim)
Vancouver Community College

 




Update on COVID-19 from government and the impact on VCC

Posted on March 13, 2020

A message to all the VCC community from the office of the president 

Dear VCC community,

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer (PHO) issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0077-000484 

All public post-secondary institution presidents and Board Chairpersons have been informed and instructed to follow these new guidelines. I encourage all VCC staff, students, and faculty to review the statement.


Key points from the March 12 joint statement that may affect operations at VCC:

The leadership team and Board of Governors at VCC are committed to the safety and health of all VCC staff, students, and faculty, and take these instructions seriously. 

While the risk of contracting the illness remains low, we recognize that our community may have some questions about how we’re responding to this evolving situation.


How do these updates affect work and learning at VCC?

The VCC Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is implementing Level 2 of the college’s Emergency Management Plan, and will be including the recommendations from government into our ongoing communicable disease strategies.


Stay informed

It is important to remember that recommendations from government and the health authorities may change. COVID-19 is a public health issue, and will evolve and change as the days and weeks progress. 

Information will be posted as updates become available. 

Please visit www.vcc.ca/bulletins frequently.   

I would like to take this time to thank our EOC and all of our staff, faculty, and students who have worked very hard over the last few weeks to keep our college community safe and healthy. This is a challenging time, and it is important that we continue to stay vigilant and cautious, but also continue to act responsibly.

 

Ajay Patel

President and CEO (Interim)
Vancouver Community College


Learn more

Link to the March 12, 2020 joint statement from government and the PHO: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0077-000484

For guidance on mass gatherings from the BC Centre for Disease Control, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/mass-gatherings-risk-assesment.html

For federal government recommendations on cruise ship travel, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html#cruis

For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel) 

For information on self-isolation, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)#Self-isolation--and--testing

 For the COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and planning materials, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/pandemic-influenza

 For more information and latest updates on COVID-19, follow the BC Centre for Disease Control on Twitter @CDCofBC or visit its website: http://www.bccdc.ca/

 For the latest audio clips of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit: https://soundcloud.com/bcgov


 

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Government update

For the latest information and recommendations on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in British Columbia, please read the following joint statement from Adrian Dix, B.C. Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0074-000470.


What you need to know about COVID-19


Translated COVID-19 information

Chinese – Chinese-COVID-21pt

Punjabi – COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions in Punjabi

Farsi – Farsi-COVID-21pt


Travel information


COVID-19 frequently asked questions 

What can I do to protect myself and my friends or family?
Follow the same hygiene etiquette as you would for cold and flu season. This includes washing your hands often with soap and water, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, avoiding others who are unwell, and staying home when you are sick.


Should I wear a mask?
B.C. health authorities do not recommend that people without symptoms wear masks in the community, as surgical masks are not designed for this purpose and are unlikely to provide significant protection. The use of masks may also increase facial touching. 

If you are sick or have symptoms, a mask is recommended. The use of a surgical mask can prevent droplets from entering the air when you cough or sneeze, thereby reducing the risk to others. 


I am a returning traveller. Should I self-isolate and avoid public places?
If you have returned from Iran or Hubei province in China, monitor for symptoms and avoid contact with others for 14 days after your return. People who have self-isolated can return to normal activities after 14 days if they have not developed any symptoms.

Others returning from international travel are not asked self-isolate but should monitor themselves daily for symptoms, such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing. Those who feel unwell should see their health care provider or call 8-1-1.

I have not left B.C. Should I be worried about becoming ill from COVID-19?
No. The risk of spread of this virus in B.C. remains low at this time. There is no evidence that there is general spread of the virus in the community. If are concerned that you may have been in contact with a person with COVID-19, call 8-1-1.

Is it safe to go out in public (e.g. work, school, transit, or a swimming pool)?
Yes. Although B.C. has identified individual cases of COVID-19 infection, there is no known spread of the virus in the community. WorkSafeBC is currently not recommending any special precautions for employers, workers, and worksites other than those already in place for the seasonal flu.

When you go out in public, follow the same procedures as recommended during cold and flu season. This includes washing your hands often with soap and water, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, avoiding others who are unwell, and staying home when you are sick.

Should people who have travelled to COVID-19-affected areas be excluded from public places? (e.g. work, school, child care centres)?
Out of an abundance of caution, public health officials are recommending that individuals who have been to Iran and Hubei province in China monitor for symptoms and avoid contact with others for 14 days after returning to Canada. 

Others returning from international travel are not asked self-isolate but should monitor themselves daily for symptoms of fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. If you have been travelling and you become ill, or become ill after you return, tell your health care provider. You should also tell your health care provider or call 8-1-1 if you had close contact with a sick person or animals. 

For more answers to frequently asked questions, visit: http://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/vancouver-coastal-health-statement-on-coronavirus


Where can I find the latest information? 

For the latest information and updates on COVID-19, follow the BC Centre for Disease Control on Twitter @CDCofBC or visit the centre’s website: http://www.bccdc.ca/

For more recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)

For the latest travel advisories, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html

For the latest global case counts, please visit the World Health Organization (WHO) Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) map

For the latest Canadian counts, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website.

For the latest B.C. counts, visit the BC Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 case counts webpage.


What is VCC doing?

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 and follow all recommendations.

Steps that have been taken so far at VCC include:


What is an Emergency Operations Committee?

An EOC is a central command responsible for carrying out emergency preparedness and emergency management.  VCC’s 14-member EOC is working diligently to ensure the continuity of operation at VCC while keeping the community safe and informed.


 

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View the original letter from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control

 

Provincial Coronavirus Response

Feb. 21, 2020

 

To Post-Secondary Students, Faculty, and Staff:

We [Office of the Provincial Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control] are writing to provide information on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a new virus causing respiratory illness.

There have been a small number of cases of COVID-19 in B.C. which are being very closely managed. Updated information regarding these cases can be found at bccdc.ca. All B.C. cases have a recent history of travel to affected areas or close contact with a traveller. There has been no sustained community transmission, and the risk to British Columbians at this point remains low. 

As the areas affected by the outbreak change and we learn more about the virus, we will provide updated public health recommendations.

We are now aware that this virus can cause a range of mild to severe symptoms, and it is possible that people will not recognize symptoms that are mild. Given this new information, there are steps that people at risk of COVID-19 can take to reduce the chance of spread to others.

There are measures that all students, faculty, and staff can take to help reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses such as coronavirus, colds, and influenza:


Advice for students, faculty, or staff on self-isolation

We now recommend that:

Those who develop symptoms during the 14-day monitoring period should immediately self-isolate (stay in a room that is not shared with anyone else) and call their health-care provider or the provincial health line 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up.

More information on self-isolation is available at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/2019-novel-coronavirus-information-sheet-travelled-hubei-province-china.html.

While these recommendations are important, they are voluntary. You do not need to report people who are not self-isolating. If you have concerns, you can discuss them with your institution’s administration.

The following advice is for people who are self-isolating. Students, faculty, or staff who are recommended to self-isolate under the guidance above should call 8-1-1 for additional advice. While self-isolating:

If you are sick and depend on post-secondary housing, food, laundry, hygiene, or other critical services, please let your institution know that you are self-isolating so that they can help support you, including in your current studies.

Staying in isolation can be difficult and lonely. If you are isolated, keep contact with friends and family through phone or computer.

The Provincial Health Officer asks you not to make assumptions about the risk of students, faculty or staff based on their ethnicity or travel history.

 

Advice on School Events, Outings and Trips

It is not necessary to cancel school events, outings or field trips to public locations. Trips, including educational exchanges to China are not recommended at this time. Up-to-date information on travel advisories to China can be found here: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/210

Additional information on COVID-19 is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website at: www.bccdc.ca

 

 

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We know the VCC community is concerned with the recent coronavirus outbreak and its arrival in British Columbia.

 

UPDATE FROM THE PROVINCE

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 .

 

LEVEL OF RISK FOR VANCOUVER CITIZENS

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”.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

We can all help to reduce the spread of infections by following proper respiratory hygiene etiquette during the cold and flu season. This includes:

 

WHAT VCC IS DOING

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




Coronavirus – update for VCC students and employees

Posted on January 31, 2020

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Updated Friday, Jan. 31, 2020

B.C.’s provincial health officer (PHO) Dr. Bonnie Henry announced on Tuesday, Jan. 28, that the first case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been confirmed in B.C.

At Vancouver Community College (VCC), we understand that our students, faculty, and staff may have questions and concerns about novel coronavirus. 

When it comes to decisions about public health, B.C. colleges and universities take their direction from the Ministry of Health and local health authorities. These organizations are closely monitoring novel coronavirus throughout B.C. as well as nationally and internationally. VCC is in regular communication with these health authorities, and all precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of infection. We will also make every effort to keep VCC students and employees safe and provide updates as they become available.

Official information sources

Please be mindful that fake news regarding novel coronavirus has begun to circulate on social media. At VCC, we encourage students, staff, and their families to refer to the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) website for the latest information and updates. 

Additional resources have been provided to HealthLink BC’s free-of-charge health information line, 8-1-1. This line is in operation 24/7.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has also provided a new toll-free number, 1.833.784.4397, to answer questions about novel coronavirus. This line is available from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. (PDT).

Reducing risk

The BCCDC and Dr. Henry recommend reducing risk of exposure to novel coronavirus using the same measures normally taken to prevent the spread of cold or flu viruses.

Advice on masks 

Considering travel?

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