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COVID-19

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

All Classes Online from January 10th to 21st

January 3, 2021

As we look to start our winter semester, beginning on January 10th, 2022, Providence is introducing increased measures to maintain the health and safety of the Prov community in the face of the COVID-19 Omicron variant as follows: 

  1. All classes will take place online for the first two weeks of the winter semester from January 10 to 21, 2022. Students will return to in-person instruction beginning on January 24th. Residence students are still welcome to return to campus as of January 9th and all students may access the campus throughout the online instruction period as necessary. Providence’s vaccination policy remains in place for those accessing the campus for the winter semester.  
  2. Providence requires the use of three-ply surgical masks, N95 masks, or an equivalent for all who attend the Otterburne campus. Cloth masks will not be an acceptable alternative. KN95 masks are currently available from the Province of Manitoba free of charge. For more info about this program, visit this link. 
  3. Providence encourages all members of the community to receive their COVID-19 booster shot if and when they become eligible to do so. Providence will be hosting a clinic in the ELI Classrooms in the Reimer Student Life Center on Wednesday, January 12th from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. 
  4. In addition, Providence employees are asked to hold all meetings, no matter the number of attendees or the ability to physically distance in a meeting space, online until further notice.  

We are trusting that all these tactics will help reduce the number of contacts and potential exposure to the Omicron variant across the institution. For more details about our COVID-19 policies, click here. 

 

All updates

Questions? Contact COVID19@prov.ca

FAQs about COVID-19

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 IS SELF-SCREENING?

Prior to any visit to the Providence campus, all community members and guests must screen themselves by answering the following questions. (Further information on screening can be found here):

  1. Am I currently experiencing a new onset of any of the following symptoms: Fever/chills, cough, loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours, sore throat/hoarse voice, shortness of breath? (Note: Call 911 immediately if you are experiencing severe symptoms or difficulty breathing.)
  2. Am I currently experiencing a new onset of TWO OR MORE of the following symptoms: runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, conjunctivitis (pink eye), headache, nausea or loss of appetite, skin rash of unknown origin?
  3. Have I been in close contact with someone that is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19?
  4. Have I traveled to any location outside of Manitoba in the last 14 days that requires a 14 day quarantine period upon return, or have Manitoba health officials recommended that I self-isolate or quarantine?

If the answer to ANY of the above questions is “yes,” you should immediately go home to self-isolate and you are NOT permitted to enter the Providence campus. If you have answered “yes” to questions one or two, you must complete the self-screening tool or call Health Links at 1-888-315-9257 to seek medical advice and information about COVID-19 testing. Local public health officials will advise you of your next steps based on your test results and will be in contact with Providence if necessary.

Campus Access

Anyone wishing to come to campus for specific, institutional business should email info@prov.ca or call 204-433-7488 to inquire before their arrival.

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