OTTERBURNE, MB – September 30, 2020 – Manitoba Public Health Officials have advised Providence that one member of the Providence community has tested positive for COVID-19. This community member was last on Providence’s campus on September 25, 2020.
“Manitoba Public Heath has advised that the exposure risk on our campus is deemed as low, as Providence’s protocols, including physical distancing, the wearing of masks, and regular sanitization efforts, have been maintained in all public areas on-campus,” said Cameron McKenzie, Provost and Vice President Academic.
The community member is currently in isolation and Manitoba Public Health is directing the process of contact tracing as required. Those who may have been in contact with the community member have already been notified.
Providence remains confident that our protocols have served us well. The campus remains open for in-person classes, although community members from inside the Winnipeg Health Region (those in the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System level “Restricted/Orange”) are encouraged to continue their work and studies remotely. Strict stay-at-home protocols are in place for anyone feeling unwell. Mandatory masks, physical distancing and frequent cleaning and disinfecting are also in effect. We remain committed to the safety and success of all of our students.
Providence is located in Southern Manitoba, 30 minutes outside the City of Winnipeg, and is protected from high visitor traffic. The 100-acre campus provides ample space for physical distancing. The university is working to ensure all the COVID-19 protocols set in place for the fall term are followed by students, faculty and staff so that together we can effectively mitigate the risks of spreading the Coronavirus within our community.