This morning, Red River College was advised by Public Health that a member of our community tested positive for COVID-19. The last time this individual was on campus was Wednesday, October 28. They were asymptomatic at that time. Everyone at the College wishes them a quick recovery.
This individual’s on-campus activity was limited to one building and they were following the appropriate safety protocols we have in place including: wearing a mask, abiding by physical distancing measures, and leaving as soon as their on-campus tasks were complete. All individuals who were in that space have been contacted, are now self-monitoring, and have been advised to contact the Health Centre should their condition change.
As part of our cleaning and disinfection protocols, deep cleaning has already occurred in the affected spaces and the entire building is undergoing additional cleaning as a precautionary measure.
Due to the stringent safety measures and protocols that we have in place, Public Health considers this case low risk and there continue to be no cases as a result of community transmission at the College.
If you have not heard from the College, you are not connected to this case. The Notre Dame Campus remains open and no other programs or services are impacted. We will continue to work with Public Health in support of their investigations whenever there is a positive case connected to the College, and support those affected.
We remain committed to communicating these updates to you and sharing information as soon as it becomes available to us. This is not meant to alarm anyone, but it’s an important reminder that community-based transmission is a reality in our province right now. Our COVID-19 protocols continue to allow us to respond quickly to each case, to ensure our facilities are safe for faculty, staff and students, and support those who have been impacted. It’s imperative that we continue to work together to prevent transmission on campus and keep one another safe.
We want to remind everyone at the College to continue to follow public health advice, including the fundamentals: stay home if you’re sick, self-isolate if you or any of your family are symptomatic and waiting for test results, wear a mask in public places (and on all RRC campuses), practice good hand hygiene, cough etiquette, physical distancing, and reduce your contact with those outside of your immediate household.
As part of our protocol if you or someone in your household is experiencing cold or flu like symptoms 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.
As a College community, we have done a great job following the advice and best practices of public health in order to prevent the spread of the virus on campus. I want to commend the College community for continuing to follow the health and safety measures we have in place and stress the importance of remaining committed to these important fundamentals. We cannot become complacent when it comes to safety, and we must continue to hold each other accountable in order to protect one another.
Updates, if required, will be provided via email and will be shared online at rrc.ca/coronavirus.