Updated: April 3, 2020 - 10 am
Updated: April 3, 2020 - 10 am
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. The disease — which was first reported in December 2019 — causes mild to severe respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.
According to the BCCDC, symptoms include:
Most people infected with the COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. The World Health Organization indicates that mild COVID-19 case recovery time is two weeks.
Students, faculty, staff, and UFV visitors should monitor themselves daily for symptoms.
If you are concerned you may have been exposed to, or are experiencing the symptoms of, COVID-19, you should contact your primary care provider, or call 8-1-1 where you will be connected to a health professional.
You can also use BC self-assessment tool to determine if you should be tested for COVID-19.
The COVID-19 commonly spread from an infected person through:
Prevention is the best way to protect yourself and slow down the transmission of COVID-19. We encourage the UFV community to follow the guidelines from Health Canada in order to stay healthy and prevent the spread of the virus:
Social distancing is one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. Make changes in your everyday routines to minimize close contact with others, including:
Health Canada has a descriptive infographic on physical distancing.
Self-isolation means protecting yourself, your family, friends, and colleagues from contracting COVID-19 by staying home and avoiding close contact with people as much as possible.
Self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms if you:
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 in contact with friends and family through phone or computer.
The Janitorial Services department at UFV is taking extra precautions during daily cleaning routines to help promote a healthy and clean environment for members of the university community. Facilities uses disinfectants that provide a 99.99% kill rate of surface bacteria and virus strains.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, Janitorial Services is:
Yes — but not to a degree that would capture bacteria or viruses. UFV is following BCCDC protocol in cleaning to prevent infection.
No, it is best not to. UFV Operations must be mindful of using scented products, products that may be an irritant to others, or corrosive/damaging to furniture or equipment.
Due to limited supply and the risk of using chemical cleaners, all requests will be at the discretion of facilities management
Staff inspect dispenser supply and operation multiple times a day. There is often another dispenser in the same location. In the event that you find an empty dispenser please contact Facilities at local 4542 or email email@example.com.
If you are impacted by an illness, please stay home and take care of yourself first. If you are concerned you may have been exposed to, or are experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19, you should contact your primary care provider, or call 8-1-1 where you will be connected to a health professional.
Students should contact their instructor as they usually do to make them aware of their health situation.
If you require health information on how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Canada has an excellent chart which details the specific actions required including information on self-monitoring and self-isolation protocol for possible exposure.
The province of BC has created a phone service to provide non-medical information about COVID-19, including the latest information on travel recommendations and social distancing. Information is available in more than 110 languages from 7:30 am – 8 pm by phone or text message at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319). BC Centre for Disease Control is also an excellent source of information.
Please follow self-isolation procedures as instructed by your medical professional or call 8-1-1 if you are uncertain what to do next.
Please also check BCCDC for medical information and details on 14-day self-isolation.
Lastly, please email UFV Risk & Safety office at firstname.lastname@example.org and in confidence provide your name, student or employee ID number, and phone number.
Make sure you know the differences between self-monitoring, self-isolation and isolation and what to do in each case.
Students, faculty, or staff who have been recommended to self-isolate should call 8-1-1 for additional advice and confidentially report possible exposure to their instructors or supervisor and to the UFV Risk and Safety Office at email@example.com.
Check UFV Urgent News for updates.
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As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, you may be worried about the health and safety of yourself or your family and friends. This is a challenging and potentially confusing 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.
Crisis Centre BC
24-hour crisis line: 1-800-784-2433
Visit our Safe Student Community website for further information and resources.
International students may contact UFV international for help and support.
Support for faculty and staff is available through the UFV Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, Homewood Health. Homewood provides immediate, confidential help and may be contacted, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, toll-free at 1-800-663-1142.
UFV encourages you to check factual health sources like Health Canada for information relating to COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolation, and testing.