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If you’re planning to visit our Otterburne campus, please contact us first at info@prov.ca.

Daily Screening, Masks, Hygiene and Physical Distancing

September 14, 2020

Here are a few things you, as a student, faculty and/or staff, can expect when you come to campus as outlined in our COVID-19 Policy.

MASKS - Non-medical masks are mandatory in all indoor and common spaces and where physical distancing cannot be guaranteed (e.g., move-ins, hallways, cafeteria line-ups, library, classrooms, labs, Muriel Taylor Hall 'Hub' and other shared spaces).

HYGIENE – Hand sanitizers are mounted on walls and near the entrance of classrooms. Spray bottles and paper towels are also available throughout campus to help keep areas clean and disinfected. There is a 15-minute break between classes so that cleaning and sanitizing occurs before the start of the next class.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING - Floor decals and directional signage are installed throughout the campus buildings to help promote physical distancing and proper traffic flow. Professors will be implementing interactive tools in the classroom to facilitate group work and discussions while maintaining distancing. Learners are always welcome to join class by Zoom rather than in-person. All Zoom sessions will be recorded in case students miss the live class.

SCREENING – If you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, you must not enter our campus buildings. You will need to contact Public Health at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ or 1-888-315-9257 for further details on how to isolate. If you’re living in residence, you must call our emergency on-call phone at 204-746-4785 immediately.

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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 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.

The campus is now open to students on a limited basis. 

We ask that you stay on campus only for the time that is necessary to do your business. Please do not linger inside the Hanna Building. Remember to follow physical distancing practices and keep six feet apart from others. Hand sanitizer is available for your use as you enter and exit campus buildings.

The Reimer Student Life Centre, Cafeteria, and Fitness Centre remain closed. 

Providence employees are available by phone and email from 8:15 am - 4:30 pm.