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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As a public educational institution, our primary focus during the COVID-19 outbreak is the health and safety of the communities that we serve, and to safely maintain the teaching and learning capacity of our college during the outbreak.

Important COVID-19 Updates for the Fleming College Community

November 20, 2020

COVID-19 Processes and Safety Measures

This message is sent on behalf of Sandra Dupret, Vice President Student Experience

COVID-19 cases in Ontario are on the rise. Fleming’s top priority is the ongoing safety of our college community.

In situations like this, rumours can spread quickly, often without any basis in fact. Please be assured that students and employees will be informed of any confirmed positive COVID-19 cases on campus via email or through our COVID-19 web page. We work very closely with our public health partners to investigate all reports of presumed and confirmed cases of COVID-19 for anyone who has visited our campuses.

Local Public Health authorities thoroughly investigate every case and will contact any Fleming student or employee who has been deemed to be at elevated risk for COVID-19. If you have not been contacted, you have not been deemed to be at increased risk and should continue to practice all public health safety measures while on campus or in the community. If you have been contacted, we are committed to supporting your continued learning and will work with you through the process.

As we all continue to do our part to confine the virus, please practice safe distancing (6ft), wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and stay home if you are feeling ill.

November 16, 2020

Fleming College COVID-19 Advisory: Positive Case in Peterborough

On November 15, Fleming College became aware that a Fleming College student studying in the B-wing area of the Sutherland Campus in Peterborough has tested positive for COVID-19. The student last visited the campus on November 9. They left the campus at the time that symptoms presented and have been self-isolating since. The student does not live on-campus.

Fleming College has assisted Peterborough Public Health with contact tracing and anyone deemed to be at elevated risk will be contacted directly by the health unit and provided guidance on next steps. Peterborough Public Health considers this situation to be a low risk for exposure.

Is the Sutherland Campus safe?

Fleming College has implemented extensive measures to limit the number of people on campus and the potential spread of COVID-19 at its facilities. This includes restricting access to approved employees and students with scheduled classes/labs only, mandatory daily health screenings for anyone accessing campus, detailed attendance records to allow for contact tracing, enforced physical distancing, mandatory masks while on campus, modified spaces and enhanced cleaning. Given these ongoing precautions, Peterborough Public Health considers this a low risk situation.

Fleming College follows the direction of Peterborough Public Health with regard to all cases including the closing/disinfecting of specific areas/rooms or modifying on campus activity when it’s determined that there has been a positive case on campus.

What program/lab was the student in?

Out of respect for privacy, Fleming College will not provide or confirm information that would identify any individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. Peterborough Public Health will work directly with those involved to ensure that anyone who is at risk of having been exposed is contacted directly and advised regarding next steps.

What precautions should be taken if you are not feeling well?

If you develop any of the following new or worsening symptoms that are not related to other causes or conditions, it is important that you self-isolate immediately and get tested for COVID-19.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough or shortness of breath
  • Muscle aches, joint pain and tiredness
  • Difficulty breathing (shortness of breath)
  • Sore throat or difficulty swallowing
  • Headache
  • Runny nose or stuffy (congested) nose
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g., nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea)

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We have established the following protocols for students and employees. We will monitor and adjust these protocols as the situation changes.

Students Feeling Ill or Presenting Symptoms

Students should contact their doctor, local public health unit or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000).

Students who are feeling unwell should stay home, avoid close contact with others and contact your faculty members who will work with you to ensure your continued academic success.

Employees Feeling Ill or Presenting Symptoms

Employees feeling ill should seek medical advice from their doctor or the local public health unit, stay at home and avoid close contact with others. Employees should contact their manager to advise them of their status.

College-Sanctioned Travel

As previously announced, we have suspended all academic or work-related travel outside Canada for faculty, staff and students until further notice.

Personal Travel

The Government of Canada has issued an Official Global Travel Advisory. Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.

If you proceed with personal travel outside Canada, you are required, upon your return, to do the following:

On-Campus Events and Conferences

All on-campus events and conferences are cancelled until further notice.

Peterborough Transit

The City of Peterborough in partnership with Fleming SAC is working to address the impact COVID-19 has had on transit. To keep transit riders safe while adhering to Peterborough Public Health restrictions, the following is in effect:

  • Fees
    Students will not be charged the annual Transportation Fee of $365 in September 2020. A reduced fee will be calculated and charged in the winter semester.
  • 2019-2020 Transit Passes
    Existing student transit passes will expire September 18, 2020.
  • 2020-2021 Transit Passes
    Full-time students registered for Fall will be sent an email invitation to set up a Digital Transit Pass. If you haven't received an email by September 15, 2020 please contact our office.
  • Routes
    The City will be running 5 direct routes to Sutherland Campus. For Route information visit the interactive route map.
  • Transit Schedules
    Transit is running on a limited schedule until school begins again.
  • COVID19 Safety
    Masks are required to be worn while using the transit system. Please maintain physical distancing while at stops and on transit and use hand sanitizer before and after riding.

We will continue to monitor the needs of students while balancing the resources available. If you have any questions or concerns, we welcome your feedback, please contact us.


The World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic on March 11, 2020.


PRHC Update as of March 16, 2020;

If you suspect you might have COVID-19, do not come to the PRHC Emergency Department:

  1. Complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment
  2. Based on the results of your self-assessment, contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or Peterborough Public Health at 705-743-1000 ext. 401
  3. If your symptoms are severe, call 911 and alert the dispatcher to your travel history and symptoms


Personal Travel

The Government of Canada has issued an Official Global Travel Advisory. Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.

If you proceed with personal travel outside Canada, you are required, upon your return, to do the following:

  • Self-isolate yourself at home for 14 days after your departure from the affected area
  • Call your local Health unit within 24 hours of arrival in Canada




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