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Social Distancing

March 27, 2020 at 11:45 AM

Today, we’re sharing information from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical distance between each other. Social distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. With patience and cooperation, we can all do our part.
What does Social Distancing mean?
This means making changes in your everyday routines in order to minimize close contact with others, including:
  • avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings
  • avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
  • limiting contact with people at higher risk (e.g. older adults and those in poor health)
  • keeping a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 meters) from others, as much as possible
Here’s how you can practice social distancing:
  • greet with a wave instead of a handshake, a kiss or a hug
  • stay home as much as possible, including for meals and entertainment
  • shop or take public transportation during off-peak hours
  • conduct virtual meetings
  • host virtual play dates for your kids
  • use technology to keep in touch with friends and family
If possible,
  • use food delivery services or online shopping
  • exercise at home or outside
  • work from home
Remember to:
  • wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face
  • cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm
  • avoid touching surfaces people touch often
If you’re concerned you may have COVID-19:
  • separate yourself from others as soon as you have symptoms
  • if you are outside the home when a symptom develops, go home immediately and avoid taking public transit
  • stay home and follow the advice of your Public Health Authority, who may recommend self-isolation
  • call ahead to a health care provider if you are ill and seeking medical attention

Questions? Contact COVID19@prov.ca

Q:   HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF FROM THE VIRUS?

Practicing good hygiene is an important way to help protect yourself from getting a viral respiratory illness. Some suggestions are as follows:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean them with an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue; then, dispose of the tissue
  • Limit touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact (less than two meters) with anyone showing symptoms of a respiratory illness, such as coughing or sneezing
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle with adequate sleep, balanced diet and exercise
  • Minimize prolonged, close contact with other individuals in public
  • Avoid greetings that involve touching such as handshakes
  • Disinfect frequently used surfaces
  • Follow public health advice related to self-monitoring and self-isolation if you’ve travelled or been exposed to someone ill with the virus
  • Consider avoiding travel, crowded places and events, especially if you are at higher risk

Q:   WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

COVID-19 is similar to the common cold and symptoms can range from mild to severe as follows:
  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • shortness of breath
  • breathing difficulties

Older people and those living with chronic health conditions are more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with pneumonia and severe acute respiratory syndrome (etc.). Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus.

Q:   WHAT DO I DO IF I EXPERIENCE THE SYMPTOMS MENTIONED ABOVE?

For Students

  • If you have symptoms of a respiratory illness, even if mild, stay home until your symptoms are gone.
  • If you have recently traveled internationally, or you’ve been in close contact (within two meters) with an ill person connected to the current outbreak, you should call Manitoba Health Links at 1-888-315-9257 to provide advice on where to go to be assessed. If it is an emergency, call 911 before going to an emergency department or urgent care center.
  • If you test positive to COVID-19, inform Providence about your condition by emailing COVID19@prov.ca.

For Students Still Living On-Residence

  • If you have symptoms, contact your Residence Director. He/she will provide support and direction.
  • Self-isolate from contact with others. Providence may require you to be isolated (or quarantined) in a specified residence set-up to help minimize the potential spread of any viruses.
  • Providence may also ask you to go home if travel permits.
  • If you’ve recently traveled internationally, or you’ve been in close contact (within two meters) with an ill person connected to the current outbreak, you should call Manitoba Health Links at 1-888-315-9257 to provide advice on where to go to be assessed.
  • If you test positive to COVID-19, inform Providence about your condition by emailing COVID19@prov.ca.

For Staff and Faculty

  • Please stay home if you're experiencing any of the symptoms identified above. If symptoms persist, see a doctor and report your situation to your supervisor.
  • Our tendency is to try to power through these symptoms and continue to come into work. Stay home and rest! Isolating yourself will help mitigate the chances of spreading any virus to others. You may also be able to arrange with your supervisor work-from-home days using remote access to your office computer and files.

Q:  HOW WILL CANCELLING CLASSES ON CAMPUS IMPROVE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND REDUCE THE TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19?

Social distancing is important to reduce the transmission of the virus. Suspending classes on campus will allow us to reduce the overall number of staff, faculty and students on campus. Classes will be shifted to alternate delivery methods to reduce the number of people coming to our campuses every day.

Q:  ARE STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS STILL HAPPENING ON CAMPUS AT THIS TIME?

Providence has suspended all student activities, athletics and events on-campus. Our April graduation has now been moved to the fall.

Q:  CAN WE STILL VISIT THE OTTERBURNE CAMPUS?

Our campus is open for essential services only. Our hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The Enrollment Department is working on setting up virtual campus visits for prospective students. Some of our staff are working from home or remotely. So, we’re asking that, if you’re planning to visit our campus, please contact us first at info@prov.ca to ensure somebody is available to serve you.

Q:  CAN I LEAVE MY STUDENT RESIDENCE AND GO HOME?

Yes, we’re asking all residence students to return home or move off-campus by March 20, 2020.

Q:  IF I LEAVE BEFORE THE SEMESTER ENDS, CAN I GET A REFUND ON MY RESIDENCE FEES?

Students who leave residence will receive a pro-rated refund on their full room and board fee. Make sure your Residence Assistant (RA) and Resident Director (RD) know the date you’re leaving. The RD will contact the Business Office to refund your account for the days you are not in residence. Those refunds will be applied by the end of day on March 20th. At that time, you can either leave the refund on your account, or you can contact the Business Office to request that it be paid out to you.

Q:  WHAT DO I DO IF I'M UNABLE TO LEAVE RESIDENCE BY MARCH 20, 2020?

Providence will give special consideration and accommodations to students who are unable to leave at this time. We will ensure that you have housing on campus until April 19, 2020. Contact your Residence Director (RD) who will make all the arrangements for you.

Q:  IS THE CAFETERIA STILL OPEN?

The cafeteria starts summer hours on March 23, 2020 with breakfast from 8 am to 10 am and lunch from 12 pm to 1 pm. Supper is closed until further notice.

Q: ARE THE GYM AND FITNESS CENTER STILL OPEN?

In response to a government directive, Providence's Fitness Centre and Gym facilities are now closed until further notice.

Q:  HOW WILL CANCELLING CLASSES ON CAMPUS IMPROVE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND REDUCE THE TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19?

Social distancing is important to reduce the transmission of the virus. Suspending classes on campus will allow us to reduce the overall number of staff, faculty and students on campus. Classes will be shifted to alternate delivery methods to reduce the number of people coming to our campuses every day.

Q:  WHAT HAPPENS TO MY CLASSES & COURSEWORK IF I'M UNABLE TO WORK BECAUSE I'M ILL OR ADVISED TO QUARANTINE MYSELF?

  • If you're too ill to participate in online classes and complete assignment/coursework, contact your instructor directly.
  • If you are advised to quarantine yourself by Manitoba Health, send an email to COVID19@prov.ca. Arrangements will be made for your continued work in your classes despite quarantine.

Q:  WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS A FINAL EXAM BECAUSE I'M ILL OR ADVISED TO QUARANTINE MYSELF?

  • Further communication from your Professors will be forthcoming closer to your final exam week. Arrangements will be made for any students who are ill or quarantined.

Q:  WHAT'S NOW HAPPENING WITH SPRING AND SUMMER SEMINARY COURSES IN LIGHT OF COVID-19?

  • Seminary courses scheduled to be offered in May will not be offered on campus (Otterburne or Calgary). They will be offered online or via Zoom so that students will not be required to come to campus but will be able to connect electronically instead of in person. Decisions have not yet been made regarding courses in June, July and August. The Crisis Management Team is meeting each day to discuss and respond to advice from Canadian Health Authorities. They will make the decision regarding summer courses. If you have any questions, please contact Stan Hamm, Dean of Seminary.  

Q: WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE SUMMER TESOL PROGRAMS IN LIGHT OF COVID-19?

  • Both summer TESOL programs which were to start May 4, 2020 and June 22, 2020 have now been cancelled. If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar's Office