Coronavirus Update – January 29

Peterborough ON – (January 29, 2020) We continue to keep the health and safety of our Fleming community top of mind, and appreciate the ongoing diligent efforts to enhance hygiene practices across our campuses.

Working closely with Peterborough Public Health and public authorities, the College is closely monitoring the situation’s potential impact and will continue to provide regular updates to the college community. Today, the Peterborough Regional Health Centre stated:

While the risk remains low, local healthcare partners, including Peterborough Regional Health Centre, have infection prevention and control measures in place to protect the community in the event should there be a confirmed local case of the novel coronavirus.”

Yesterday, Fleming College participated in a Ministry of Colleges and Universities teleconference hosted by Deputy Minister, Laurie LeBlanc. Invited to the meeting was Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, who provided a verbal update on the emerging issue of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Dr. Williams confirmed that while our region’s risk remains low, we are encouraged to take necessary precautions and stay informed with the information that comes through the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario and the Peterborough Public Health Unit.

Over the last few days, and continuing throughout the week, you will notice an increase in number of hygiene stations at all college entrances and common areas on campus. We will also launch awareness campaigns to encourage our community to keep hygiene a priority. Fleming College has also enhanced cleaning protocols across all campus locations.

All classes and campus operations will continue as scheduled, and at this time, there continue to be no presumptive cases of the virus at Fleming College. We will continue to provide updates here: flemingcollege.ca/coronavirus.

For more information, please visit the below resources:

Ontario Ministry of Health Statement

Public Health Agency of Canada

Canada Travel Advisory

Coronavirus Update – January 27

Peterborough ON – (January 27, 2020) – Fleming College is aware of the Coronavirus outbreak in China, and the health and safety of our entire Fleming community is of utmost importance. As of January 27, Ontario Health officials have confirmed one case of Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), and one presumptive case in Toronto, and while the situation is rapidly evolving, Public Health Ontario, along with the Ministry of Health is closely monitoring the outbreak.

At Fleming, we have established a core team who are meeting regularly and working diligently with Peterborough Public Health and public health authorities to keep our community informed and up to date.

At this point in time, all classes and campus operations will continue as scheduled.

If you have questions about this virus, we encourage you to visit the Ministry of Health website for more information and updates.

About the Coronavirus

Coronaviruses typically affect the upper respiratory tract and can cause the common cold and pneumonia. In some cases, the virus can cause more severe symptoms. More information on the new coronavirus and its symptoms are available from the Government of Canada.

What to do if you feel sick

As during any flu season, if you feel sick, follow the usual best practices:

  • Stay home
  • Avoid close contact with others
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then throw the tissue away and wash your hands, or cough/sneeze into your elbow
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • If your symptoms escalate, contact your healthcare provider or visit the on-campus Health Services at Frost or Sutherland Campus. For Haliburton and Cobourg campuses, community health services are available, including:
    • Haliburton:
    • Haliburton Highlands Health Services
      7199 Gelert Rd
      Phone: 705-457-1392
    • Cobourg:
    • Northumberland Hills Hospital (Cobourg)
      1000 Deplama Drive
      Phone: 905-372-6811
    • Cobourg Health Centre
      316 King St. East, Suite 203
      Phone: 905-373-1280

Prevention

There are steps you can take to prevent the spread of viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid sharing personal items
  • Clean hard surfaces in shared spaces with disinfectant
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

For more information, please visit the below resources: