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Confirmed case of COVID-19 at NDC

January 11, 2021

The following message was sent to all Red River College students, faculty and staff this afternoon from Melanie Gudmundson, Chief Human Resources Officer:

Red River College was advised today that a member of our community has tested positive for COVID-19. We wish them, and everyone else at the College affected by this virus a quick recovery.

Due to the stringent safety measures we have in place, Public Health considers this case low risk. At this time, we can share the following information:

  • The case involves an individual at the Notre Dame Campus. The last time they were on campus was Thursday, January 7. They were asymptomatic at the time.
    • Their activity was limited to one area of the College and they were following the appropriate safety protocols.
    • Everyone connected to this case has been contacted by the College. They have all been advised to follow Public Health advice to self-monitor or self-isolate, and have been instructed to contact the Health Centre should their condition change.
    • Regular cleaning and disinfection protocols have since been completed to the affected space and surrounding areas.

NDC remains open and no programs or services are impacted.

We want to remind everyone – on and off campus – to continue to follow the advice from public in order to limit the spread of the virus. For more information on the fundamentals and best practices, please click here.

For more important information on our protocols if you or someone in your household is experiencing symptoms, please click here.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep each other safe.

Updates, if required, will be provided via email and will be shared online at rrc.ca/coronavirus

RRC unveils plans for Winter 2021 term

December 16, 2020

We’re looking forward to welcoming our students back following the holiday break on January 4.

Since no two Red River College programs are exactly alike, we will continue to deliver learning experiences to students that reflect the uniqueness of their programs to minimize disruptions caused by the pandemic.

For most programs, online classes will begin January 4. Instructor-led online courses in a small number of programs will begin January 11 following a week of alternate learning for students, including project-based assignments and academic success sessions.

If you’re a student whose online courses starts on January 11, you can still expect to complete your program and graduate on schedule. The project-based work, pre-reading and online sessions you attend this week will help set you up for success in the term ahead.

All hands-on and work-integrated learning and apprenticeship training will take place as scheduled beginning January 4. Reading Week will still take place February 15 to 19. Winter Term will end as scheduled, and any program delivery that spans the Fall/Winter term will continue as scheduled.

In the coming weeks, programs will reach out to you with updated academic schedules for your courses. For a complete listing of Winter 2021 programs and delivery methods, click here.

Thank you to you and your families for your resilience and support as our College community continues to rise to the challenges of COVID-19. We can’t wait to be part of your journey as you take those next steps toward an exciting and meaningful future. On behalf of Red River College, I wish you a safe, healthy andC restful holiday break.

Dr. Christine Watson
Vice-President, Academic
Red River College

Red River College transitions to medical grade masks on campus

December 11, 2020

A message to Red River College students, faculty and staff from Melanie Gudmundson, Chief Human Resources Officer:

The College is transitioning to the use of medical grade facemasks for anyone who is required to be on-campus. Safety Health Services and the Incident Management Team made this decision to continue to align our College-wide response and protocols with the current Public Health directives for K-12 and early childhood education centres.

The new masks will be provided by the College and departments can order them through Procurement & Logistics in order to distribute to staff and students.

What is the difference between medical masks and N95 respirator?

  • The new medical grade masks that are being provided are fluid resistant and add an additional layer of protection for the wearer. They have a coating that acts as a barrier to better protect against large droplets, splashes or sprays of fluid.
  • N95 Respirators form a tight seal to the face and require the user to have a respirator fit-test to ensure protection. N95 respirators are worn in healthcare settings to protect healthcare workers during specific medical procedures.

Can I still wear my own cloth mask?

Yes, the College will continue to allow students and staff to wear their own cloth masks on-campus. If you choose to wear a home-made or store-bought cloth mask, it must meet the following approved requirements by the Public Health Agency of Canada:

  • It must be made of at least 3 layers:
    • 2 layers should be tightly woven material fabric, such as cotton or linen
    • the third (middle) layer should be a filter-type fabric, such as non-woven polypropylene fabric, or a disposable filter inserted into a pocket on the mask
  • be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose, mouth and chin without gaping;
  • it must allow for easy breathing;
  • fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops;
  • be comfortable and not require frequent adjustments;
  • be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty; and
  • maintain its shape after washing and drying.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation as we work to keep your campuses safe. If you have any questions or are unsure if your cloth mask is safe to use, please don’t hesitate to contact Safety Health Services at safety@rrc.ca

 

Confirmed case of COVID-19 at NDC

December 10, 2020

The following message was sent to all Red River College students, faculty and staff this afternoon from Melanie Gudmundson, Chief Human Resources Officer:

Red River College has received notification of a positive COVID-19 case involving an individual on campus.

Due to the stringent safety measures in place, Public Health considers this case to be low risk. At this time, we can share the following information:

  • This case involves an individual at the Notre Dame Campus and the last time they were on campus was Monday, December 7th . The individual developed symptoms while on site and left campus immediately at the onset.
    • Their activity was limited to one area of the College and they were following all of the appropriate safety protocols.
  • Everyone connected to the case has been contacted by the College. They have been advised to follow Public Health advice to self-monitor and have been instructed to contact the Health Centre should their condition change.
  • The affected space has been closed and deep cleaning and disinfection protocols are underway and will be completed later this evening.

We wish them, and everyone else in our community affected by this virus a quick recovery.

If you have not heard from the College, you are not connected to this case. NDC remains open and no programs or services are impacted. We will continue to work with Public Health in support of their ongoing investigation.

We want to remind everyone – on and off campus – to continue to follow the advice from public in order to limit the spread of the virus. For more information on the fundamentals and best practices, please click here.

For more important information on our protocols if you or someone in your household is experiencing symptoms, please click here.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep each other safe.

Updates, if required, will be provided via email and will be shared online at rrc.ca/coronavirus

 

Two confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Campus; one at NDC, one at EDC

December 2, 2020

The following message was sent to all Red River College students, faculty and staff this afternoon from Melanie Gudmundson, Chief Human Resources Officer:

Red River College has been advised today that two members of our community have tested positive for COVID-19.  These cases are unrelated and not a result of transmission on campus. We wish them, and everyone else at the College affected by this virus a quick recovery.

Due to the stringent safety measures in place, Public Health considers each case to be low risk. At this time, we can share the following information:

  • The first case involves an individual at the Exchange District Campus. The last time they were on campus was Friday, November 27th. They were asymptomatic at the time.
    • Their activity was limited to one area of the College and they were following all of the appropriate safety protocols.
  • The second case involves an individual at the Notre Dame Campus. The last time they were on campus was Friday, November 27th. They were asymptomatic at the time.
    • Their activity was limited to one area of the College and they were following all of the appropriate safety protocols.
  • Everyone connected to each of the cases listed above has been contacted by the College. They have been advised to follow Public Health advice to self-monitor, and have been instructed to contact the Health Centre should their condition change.
  • Regular cleaning and disinfection protocols are underway in the affected spaces and surrounding areas.

If you have not heard from the College, you are not connected to either case. Both NDC and EDC remain open and no programs or services are impacted. We will continue to work with Public Health in support of their ongoing investigation.

We want to remind everyone – on and off campus – to continue to follow the advice from public in order to limit the spread of the virus. For more information on the fundamentals and best practices, please click here.

For more important information on our protocols if you or someone in your household is experiencing symptoms, please click here.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep each other safe.

Updates, if required, will be provided via email and will be shared online at rrc.ca/coronavirus

Confirmed case of COVID-19 at Notre Dame Campus

November 24, 2020

Red River College has been advised today that an additional member of our community tested positive for COVID-19. Cases reported today are unrelated and not the result of transmission on campus.

Due to the stringent safety measures in place, Public Health considers this case low risk. At this time, we can share the following information:

  • This case involves an individual at the Notre Dame Campus. The last time they were on campus was November 13th. They were asymptomatic at the time.
    • Their activity was limited to one area of the College and they were following all of the appropriate safety protocols.
  • Everyone connected to the case has been contacted by the College. They have been advised to follow Public Health advice to self-monitor, and have been instructed to contact the Health Centre should their condition change.
  • Regular cleaning and disinfection protocols have since been completed to the affected space and surrounding areas.

If you have not heard from the College, you are not connected to this case. NDC remains open and no programs or services are impacted. We will continue to work with Public Health in support of their ongoing investigation.

Unfortunately, we know that COVID-19 community transmission continues to be a reality in our province. Every day new cases are shared by Public Health, and even though neither of the cases we have shared today have been connected to the College, we have a large network of students and staff who live and work and learn in our community and this is the difficult reality of the pandemic we are facing. What we will stress is that we are committed to following strict health and safety protocols outlined by public Health, and by RRC’s Safety and Health Services, and we will continue to communicate updates to you as soon as the information becomes available.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep each other safe.

Updates, if required, will be provided via email and will be shared online at rrc.ca/coronavirus

 

Confirmed case of COVID-19 at RRC’s Winkler Campus

November 24, 2020

The following message was sent to all Red River College students, faculty and staff this afternoon from Melanie Gudmundson, Chief Human Resources Officer:

Red River College has been advised that a member of our community has tested positive for COVID-19. We wish this individual and everyone else at the College affected by this virus a quick recovery.

Due to the stringent safety measures we have in place, Public Health considers this case to be low risk.  At this time, we can share the following information:

  • The case involves an individual at the Winkler Campus and the last time they were on campus was November 12th.
  • The individual was symptomatic while on campus, however their contact was limited and their contacts were following all of the appropriate health and safety measures.
  • Everyone connected to each case has been contacted by the College. They have all been advised to follow Public Health advice to self-monitor or self-isolate, and have been instructed to contact the Health Centre should their condition change.
  • Deep cleaning and disinfection protocols have been implemented in the affected spaces.

If you have not heard from the College, you are not connected to this case. The campus remains open and no other programs or services are impacted. We will continue to work with Public Health in support of their ongoing investigation.

We want to remind all staff and students to stay home when they, or anyone in their household is not feeling well or experiencing any symptoms. These protocols we have in place are designed to protect the College community, and we will work with you to provide support if you must miss class or work because you are feeling unwell. We are at a critical juncture as a province and we must all work together to stop the spread of the virus within our community and protect one another.

We want to urge all staff and students to continue following the advice of public health advice at all times – on and off campus – to help limit the spread of the virus. For more information on the fundamentals and best practices, please click here.

For more important information on our protocols if you or someone in your household is experiencing symptoms, please click here.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep each other safe.

Updates, if required, will be provided via email and will be shared online at rrc.ca/coronavirus

 

How we keep campuses clean and disinfected

November 24, 2020

As people continue to learn, teach, and work on campus, we’re proud of our ongoing efforts to keep our spaces as clean and safe as possible.

To enhance safety on campus, the College recently purchased new Clorox 360 Electrostatic Sprayer Systems to disinfect spaces like labs, classrooms, washrooms, and other areas. These sprayers release a mist to disinfect spaces and are proven by Health Canada to be effective against viruses like COVID-19.

We use the sprayers to disinfect campus spaces on a regular basis. As well, if any space at the College were to be exposed to COVID-19, we’d be able to shut down and disinfect the impacted area quickly and safely using one of the sprayers.

Watch the video below to see how the sprayers work.

Want to learn more about our cleaning protocols on campus? Review our FAQs.

RRC announces new COVID-19 Health Care Support Worker Micro-Credential

November 20, 2020

Yesterday, the Government of Manitoba and Red River College announced a new initiative to support improved staffing and resident support in personal care homes and long-term care facilities across the province, with the launch of a COVID-19 Health Care Support Worker micro-credential.

Red River College will offer a week-long condensed, high-intensity training program that will train students to work as uncertified health-care aides (UHCAs) and create immediate employment opportunities for Manitobans including students currently enrolled in a health sciences faculty or program.

These workers will support all members of the resident care team, assisting with resident care and support under the general supervision of a manager or nursing supervisor. Duties may include resident observation, companionship, redirection, stocking of supplies and more.

“As part of our continued efforts, we’ve established a Rapid Execution and Deployment Team that will continue to create new and innovative solutions to offer our expertise, facilities, and network of campuses to support all Manitobans in response to COVID-19,” said Fred Meier, president and CEO, RRC.

“I am proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish to aide in our provincial response, and I want to commend our staff and faculty for continuing to step up and support our communities.”

Interested individuals must apply to the COVID-19 casual pool and select the location where they prefer to complete the training. The deadline to apply for the first intake of students is Monday, Nov. 23.

Employment as UHCAs is also available to first- and second-year students in a health sciences faculty and programs, without the requirement for additional education. Students will be hired directly into the COVID-19 casual pool and assigned to a personal care home.

Opportunities exist throughout the province. All successful applicants will be provided with appropriate personal protective equipment for the setting in which they will work.

Read the joint news release here.

Read the full story here.

Operational Response Levels

November 19, 2020

The following message was sent to all Red River College students, faculty, and staff on Nov. 18:

To all Red River College staff and students,

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter course in sometimes hard-to-predict ways, we’ve come to recognize the need to change how we plan and communicate the status of Red River College’s program delivery and operations.

Beginning today, Red River College will define its level of operations using a scalable colour-coded approach based on the Province of Manitoba’s Pandemic Response System. This will replace our Phased Re-Entry approach.

This new approach allows us to plan for, and respond to, multiple scenarios that could impact on-campus activity. It reinforces our efforts to keep our College community safe, and provides the flexibility needed to support online and blended delivery of our programs.

The new approach will replace our Re-Entry Phases with Operational Response Levels:

  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Red

The College’s current operational status will appear in a colour-coded banner at the top of our COVID-19 information page.

Changes to our risk level and our response will be guided by direction from Public Health. A response level may apply to entire campuses, or only to specific facilities or buildings (i.e. in the event of a localized cluster or outbreak). RRC response levels may also differ from those currently applied to the Winnipeg Metro Region or other parts of Manitoba.

A rising risk level will lead to stronger responses and restrictions. At the same time, responses for each risk level will be flexible and proportionate to the risks involved.

This new approach does not change our current operations and delivery of programs or services at the College.

Public Health has advised that Red River College is currently at Orange (Restricted) level due to our stringent health and safety measures, which meet or exceed current directives. This level allows for limited on-campus activities for students who require hands-on training.

General information about the directives and guidelines associated with each Operational Response Level are available at rrc.ca/coronavirus/on-campus-safety/levels/.

We will provide updates about any changes to our operational status, and what those changes mean, on the COVID-19 news blog, Staff and Student News, on-campus digital signage, RRC social media, and via email where appropriate.

The safety and health protocols in place at Red River College have helped us keep our numbers down and ensured there’s a very low risk of transmission on our campuses which has enabled us to maintain our current operations while keeping each other safe. Thank you for working together to help us limit the spread of COVID-19.

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

Melanie Gudmundson,
Chief Human Resource Officer