A new strain of the coronavirus — Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV — has been identified as the cause of an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan, China.
The Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Health Ontario, as well as Peterborough Public Health are all reporting that the public health risk associated with the Novel Coronavirus is low for Canada and Canadian travellers.
Trent University and Trent Health Services are monitoring the situation, and are following the direction and recommendations of local and national health authorities.
Screening information for coronavirus
If you have a fever, new cough or shortness of breath AND
- Have travelled to/from mainland China in the 14 days before onset of illness OR
- Had close contact with someone confirmed to have Novel Coronavirus or awaiting confirmation of test results.OR
- Had close contact with a person with fever, new cough or shortness of breath who has been to mainland China in the 14 days before onset of illness
Please phone Trent Student Health Services (students only) at 705-748-1481 or contact Peterborough Public Health at 705-743-1000 or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.
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Peterborough Public Health has shared the following recommendations for those returning from travels.
- Anyone returning from Hubei province should self-isolate for 14 days.
- Those who have recently returned from mainland China should monitor for symptoms for 14 days. If symptoms develop self-isolate, contact Peterborough Public Health during office hours or Telehealth Ontario after hours.
- Recently returned from another country : If you are asymptomatic and have not recently travelled to mainland China or had contact with a known or suspected case of coronavirus, there is no recommendation for activity restrictions. If you are symptomatic with no recent travel to mainland China or contact with a known/suspected case of coronavirus, follow normal precautions for respiratory illnesses.
The University recommends that staff, faculty and students do not travel to China. Before travelling to any country, all students, faculty and staff check for travel warnings on the Government of Canada’s website.
As with any flu season, you can help protect yourself and others from the spread of viruses by following the usual best practices:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Avoid touching 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
If you have cold-like symptoms, please:
- Stay home while sick
- Avoid close contact with others and do not travel while sick
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces
- If your symptoms escalate,
- Students - contact your health-care provider or Trent Student Health Services.
- Staff and faculty - contact your health-care provider
The University will continue to monitor the Coronavirus situation and provide updates as needed.