How to protect yourself
At this time, the public health risk associated with COVID-19 is low for the general population in Canada but this could change rapidly. There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:
- aged 65 and over
- with compromised immune systems
- with underlying medical conditions
Public Health authorities recommend that even if you do not have symptoms, it is recommended to self-isolate for 14 days if:
- You have travelled anywhere outside of Canada (including the United States of America).
- You live with, provided care for, or spent extensive time with someone who has:
- Tested positive for COVID-19, OR is suspected to have COVID-19, OR who has respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath) that started within 14 days of travel outside of Canada.
- Monitor your health for fever, cough or difficulty breathing
Public health experts continue to state that self-hygiene is key to mitigating the risk linked to the spread of COVID-19.
To reduce the spread of germs, including the flu and COVID-19, Ottawa Public Health recommends that you:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use a hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth unless you have just washed your hands with soap.
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand.
- STAY HOME
Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical distance between each other. Social distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. With patience and cooperation, we can all do our part.
This means making changes in your everyday routines to minimize close contact with others, including:
- avoiding non-essential gatherings
- avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
- avoiding crowded places such as concerts, arenas, conferences and festivals
- limiting contact with people at higher risk like older adults and those in poor health
- keeping a distance of at least 2 arms-length (approximately 2 metres) from others
Enhanced Cleaning Protocol
The University remains open. All residences, food services, libraries and other facilities and services remain accessible and open until further notice. Academic integrity and continuity remain a priority, and we know people may need access to the campus from time to time.
Although no cases of COVIF-19 have been confirmed on campus, we take standards for hygiene and cleanliness very seriously and are taking steps to ensure the safety of our staff, students and outside workers.
On a daily basis, our executive are meeting and working to ensure that they meet the latest guidance on hygiene and cleaning. Our campus’ health and safety measures are designed to address a broad spectrum of viruses, including COVID-19, and include everything from handwashing hygiene and cleaning product specifications to washroom and common area cleaning procedures.
We are working with our partners and suppliers to make sure our have all the appropriate virus-killing products sanctioned by Public Health as well as the protective equipment they need for their operations. Our Cleaning Vendor uses cleaning products and protocols which are effective against viruses, including:
- Residences: use cleaning and disinfecting protocols in all common spaces, to clean rooms after guests depart and before the next student arrives, with particular attention paid to high-touch items.
- Public Spaces: we have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in public spaces, with a focus on the service counters, elevators (and elevator buttons), door handles, washrooms and food services areas.