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

Providence-Sodexo Partnership: On-Campus Health & Safety Measures

November 26, 2020

After an assessment by Ecosure, a report was issued stating that “Sodexo's long-term partnership with Providence College & Seminary leads to ‘near-perfect’ implementation of health and safety measures on campus.” You can read more here.

Increased Province-Wide Pandemic Measures

November 10, 2020

Effective Thursday, November 12th, Manitoba Public Health has mandated a province-wide move to critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System as well as several increased measures within this level. To adhere to these guidelines and keep the Providence community safe, we will be implementing the following:   

  • Residences will remain open. However, students staying in residence are asked to limit their travel off campus to only essential trips. Those students who wish to split significant portions of their time between campus and another dwelling (ex. going home for the weekend) are asked to either stay or live off campus exclusively at this time. 
  • Resident student social activities are limited to gatherings of five people or less. Any gatherings should remain socially distanced and participants should be wearing masks at all times. 
  • Employee meetings cannot take place in person. Virtual meetings and connecting times should be hosted, instead, on platforms such as Skype for Business, Zoom, and/or Microsoft Teams. This includes coffee and lunch breaks. 
  • Masks remain mandatory across on-campus when you are in and moving through public spaces (ex. hallways, lounges, etc.).  

We wish to also remind you of the province’s call to limit your contact with others, restrict your travel and outings, and to stay home if you are sick. More information about the current Public Health guidelines can be found here. 

As an institution, we stand alongside the provincial government in their efforts to make critical changes to help curb the spread of COVID-19. We have reached out to Manitoba Public Heath to ensure that all points of our community response adhere to their guidelines. We will continue to share the latest updates on this webpage 

Thank you for your participation in ensuring a safe and healthy Providence community!

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 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 travelled 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.

If you live in residence or in Turner, you are required to call the Emergency On-Call Phone 204-746-4785 IMMEDIATELY for further instructions on self-isolation. Please click here for specific self-isolation/quarantine policies.

The campus is open to Providence employees and students on a limited basis.

Due to the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, as of November 12th, we are in critical red level, and employees and students are working and studying remotely for the remainder of the fall semester. Only staff providing essential services to residence students are still on campus.

To limit the number of people on our campus, Providence remains closed to the general public. 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.