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Novel coronavirus (Now named COVID-19, formerly 2019-nCoV)

February 07, 2020

​Updated February 21, 2020

The Campbell River School District is in close contact with our local health authority and Ministry of Health to ensure that the district takes appropriate steps, at the direction of health officials, to keep students and staff informed and safe.

Public health officials continue to make it clear that the risk of this virus within BC remains low and all necessary precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of infection. We have been advised that there is no need to restrict activities for international students or to cancel school events or field trips to public spaces or events, with the exception that school trips to China are not recommended at this time.

Health authorities have made it clear that it is not necessary for the general public to take special precautions beyond the usual measures recommended to prevent other common cold and flu viruses, such as regular handwashing, coughing or sneezing into your elbow sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately and avoiding contact with sick people.

As usual, we encourage students and staff to stay home if they are displaying any signs of a cold or flu, such as coughing and sneezing.

Anyone who is concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of, the coronavirus should contact their primary care provider, local public health unit or call 8-1-1.

On direction from the Vancouver Island Health Authority, people returning from Hubei Province, China, or who have been in contact with someone who has, are to call public health officials and stay home for 14 days after they leave Hubei. People who have been in other parts of China (outside of Hubei Province) are not restricted from activities, but should monitor themselves daily for symptoms like feaver or cough for 14 days after leaving the country.

We all play a role in dispelling rumours that may lead to inappropriate discrimination against people. Only people who are experiencing symptoms may transmit illness; it is not related to race or ethnicity. 

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