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Coronavirus Information

Fall health update

August 23, 2022

As we prepare to return to campus – many of us for the first time in more than two years – we understand you may feel a range of emotions. RRC Polytech remains flexible in our response to keep our community safe, and our Incident Management team is continuing to monitor the development of COVID-19 and its variants. RRC Polytech has taken many precautions to keep you safe while on-campus:

  • All RRC Polytech staff and students are required to self-screen before arriving on campus.
  • Staff and students must stay home when sick, even if symptoms are mild.
  • Should you test positive for COVID-19, please follow current Public Health recommendations which include self-isolation for 5 days after symptoms start, and wearing a mask for 10 days when in contact with other people. 
  • Sanitizer is available throughout our campuses. Regular handwashing and sanitizing, especially after using high touch areas, helps to prevent the spread of bacteria.
  • There is no change in our mask policy.  Masks remain optional and we support individual choice on use of masks on-campus.
  • All staff and students, who are able, are encouraged to receive their COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots. RRC Polytech allows staff up to three hours of medical leave to receive their vaccines or booster shots, or to accompany a family member to receive their vaccines and boosters.

RRC Polytech currently operates under the Green: Limited Risk level of our COVID-19 operational response, meaning the spread of COVID-19 is mostly contained and/or vaccines and effective treatments are widely available. This also means that:

  • Programs are delivered in class, online, or via blended learning (a combination of online and on-campus/face-to-face delivery within a program).
  • The College’s Interim Remote Work Policy is now in effect, and many departments are resuming on-campus operations.
  • Physical distancing is not required on-campus.
  • As operations evolve, some remote work and virtual learning may continue.

Monkeypox

We understand there may also be questions surrounding the emergence of Monkeypox. RRC Polytech is actively monitoring the state of Monkeypox in Manitoba, and we remain committed to keeping our community informed of new developments – such as vaccine eligibility – as they emerge.

While Monkeypox is usually a mild illness with symptoms that resolve within a few weeks, it is important to take precautionary measures at preventing transmission. These measures include:

  • Handwashing
  • Staying home when sick
  • Covering coughs and sneezes
  • Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces and objects
  • Avoiding skin-to-skin contact such as handshakes

Like COVID-19, Monkeypox spreads via the “contact/droplet” route, and similar personal protective equipment (PPE) and precautionary measures like the ones listed above are effective at preventing transmission.

The most up-to-date information on Monkeypox can be found via Manitoba Public Health.

Thank you for your continued commitment in helping keep RRC Polytech campuses safe places to study and work. We will continue to provide updates regarding and changes to health measures at RRC Polytech as needed.

If you have any questions, please contact safety@rrc.ca.