Red River College continues to monitor the current COVID-19 situation in our province and is committed to updating the College community as changes take place.
Today, the provincial government announced new measures to help stop the spread of the virus. Public health officials are now advising the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate. They have also advised that symptomatic individual needs to stay in their own room and, if possible, use their own bathroom and not use common areas.
This means that entire households must self-isolate pending results of a COVID-19 test from one symptomatic person. Even if you are not exhibiting symptoms, you must self-isolate until the results of the test have come in. Symptomatic people should have zero contacts.
These changes were announced as the Winnipeg Metro Region was elevated to Red (Critical) level and the rest of Manitoba has moved to the Orange (Restricted) level on the province’s Pandemic Response System.
If you or someone in your household is experiencing cold or flu like symptoms:
Even with minor symptoms of cold or flu, you must go home immediately, or remain at home, and contact the RRC Health Centre at 204-632-2238. A nurse from the Health Centre will assess your situation and determine the steps you need to take next, provide follow up support as needed, and advise you on when you can return to campus.
- If you’re a student, contact your instructor or program coordinator about accommodations that may be available to help you continue your studies.
- If you’re a College employee, and your symptoms and duties allow you to work from home, please work with your supervisor/manager to make arrangements to do so. Sick leave, family leave or another form of approved leave may also be considered.
- In situations where a College employee is not able to work from home due to the nature of their work, family related leave or another form of approved leave may be considered. Please work with your supervisor/manager to make appropriate arrangements. These situations will be managed on a case-by-case basis.
Our top priority is always the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, and staying home when you or anyone else in your family is feeling ill is just one more proactive and preventative measure that we can all take to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
We want to remind all staff and students to continue to follow public health advice, including the fundamentals: stay home if you are ill, wear a mask in public places (and on all RRC campuses), and practice good hand hygiene, cough etiquette, physical distancing, and reduce your contact with those outside of your immediate household.
If you need help coping with stress or anxiety, we have resources available to support our students and staff. For more updates on the current COVID-19 situation in our province and the way it impacts the College, please visit www.rrc.ca/coronavirus.
A reminder that The Government of Canada’s COVID Alert exposure notification app is now available for your smartphone. We encourage everyone at the College to download and use this important resource to limit the spread of COVID-19.