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Message to our university community regarding COVID-19

January 27, 2020
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Last Updated: Monday, February 24 at 9:25 a.m.

The University has received many questions regarding COVID-19 (formerly known as the Novel Coronavirus) from students, faculty and staff. SFU is monitoring information and recommendations about COVID-19 from regional and provincial medical health officers. As of February 24, there are six confirmed cases and one presumptive case in British Columbia.

SFU is actively reviewing its infectious disease protocols, pandemic plan and meeting with key stakeholders to ensure our three campuses are prepared and able to respond if needed.

The safety of our students is SFU’s number one priority and we have reached out to our students on co-ops and exchanges in China to check on their well-being, and to provide support as well as the latest travel advisories and guidance.

Cold and flu season is upon us (typically October to March every year), so it is not unusual for people to get the cold and flu during this time. Please follow the usual health precautions such as:

  • Washing your hands often
  • Staying home when sick
  • Practicing proper cough and sneeze etiquette to prevent the spread of illness

For more information about cold and flu signs, symptoms and precautions please go to HealthLink BC - https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/center1046

Travel precautions:

Anyone travelling to or from China at this time should refer to government travel advisories at www.travel.gc.ca to make informed decisions and travel safely while abroad. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Canada has updated travel advisories for China; it is now recommended to avoid all non-essential travel to China and to avoid all travel to the Hubei Province. For safety, SFU is recommending that students, faculty and staff do not travel to China for university-related programs and activities at this time.

Anyone who is concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their primary care provider, local public health office or call 811.

Students, faculty and staff are reminded to register international trips in the SFU Travel registry https://www.sfu.ca/srs/risk-emergency-planning/travel-safety/travel-registry.html to ensure that you can be contacted and supported in the event of an emergency.

More info about the COVID-19:

BC Centre for Disease Control - http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/information-on-novel-coronavirus
Government of Canada Public Health Agency: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus.html
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

Government of Canada Travel Advice, COVID-19 in China: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories/pneumonia-china