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Three confirmed cases of COVID-19 at RRC; one at NDC, two at EDC

November 17, 2020

Red River College has been advised that three members of our community 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 we have in place, Public Health considers these cases low risk.  At this time, we can share the following information:

  • The first case involves an individual at the Notre Dame Campus and the last time they were on campus was November 13th.
    • Their activity was limited to one area of the College and they were following all the appropriate safety protocols.
  • The second and third cases involve two individuals at the Exchange District Campus, and the last time they were on campus was November 10th, and November 13th – respectively.
    • Each of their activity was limited to one area of the College and they were following the appropriate safety protocols.
  • 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. Both campuses remain 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 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

Province of Manitoba announces all of Manitoba moves to Critical (RED)

November 10, 2020

Today, public health officials announced further restrictions to Manitoba, moving the entire province to Critical (Red)– effective Thursday, November 12.

What this means for the College:

Due to the stringent safety measures and protocols that post-secondary institutions have in place, public health has confirmed that today’s announcement will not change the current academic programming offered on campus.

It is our responsibility as a College to continually evaluate best practices and work closely with public health, to ensure academic programming can continue safely. The College has taken early-steps to reduce the number of people we have at our campuses to support operations and activities taking place. Today we’re providing additional direction to all leaders to encourage their staff to work from home where possible, in order to maintain the continued safe operation and delivery of our programs.

Student supports and services

Student supports and services will be delivered virtually wherever possible and will continue to be available to all students. Students are permitted to use the designated learning spaces on-campus for the purpose of participating in their program virtually as well. For more information about the student supports and services available, please click here.

Work Integrated Learning Placements:

All work integrated learning placements will continue as planned unless we are advised by the placement site that they are unable to continue with the placement as a result of the new public health directives. We will continue to closely monitor all work integrated learning placements, and request regular updates from the sites, in order to ensure our students are well-supported.

Today’s news is difficult, and I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued commitment to keep learning happening during these trying and uncertain times. The work we’re doing both on and off-campus plays such an important and critical role in our province and I can’t thank you enough for your continued commitment to our students and to each other.

We know that these further restrictions will bring new challenges for many of us across the College. We are all members of the Red River College family, and it’s important that we take the time to care for ourselves and each other. Resources are available for  students and staff to support through this challenging time

This is a critical time in our province as we move to flatten the curve, and we commend the College community for working together and doing their part to limit the spread of COVID-19.

For more information on all of the public health restrictions visit: https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=49737&posted=2020-11-10

 

Two confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Notre Dame Campus

November 9, 2020

Today, Red River College was advised that two members of our community 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 we have in place, both cases are considered low risk. As of today, none of our reported cases are the result of transmission on campus.

At this time, we can share the following information:

  • Both individuals were asymptomatic and the last time they were on campus was November 3.
  • Their activity was limited to one area of the College and they were following all the appropriate safety protocols.
  • Everyone connected to each case has been contacted by the College. They have all been advised to self-monitor, and have been instructed to contact the Health Centre should their condition change.
  • Cleaning and disinfection protocols have been implemented. Deep cleaning has occurred in the affected spaces. As an added precaution, the surrounding entrances, hallways, stairwells, lockers and washrooms have been cleaned and disinfected as well.

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 ongoing investigation.

As a reminder please continue to follow public health advice at all times, including: 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 symptoms you must do the following:

  • Go home immediately, or remain at home.
  • Contact the RRC Health Centre at 204-632-2238 to be assessed by one of our nurses.
  • Follow the direction given and steps that you need to take. Our Health Centre will provide follow-up support as-needed to anyone impacted.
  • Contact the Health Centre prior to returning to 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

Confirmed case of COVID-19 at Notre Dame Campus

November 6, 2020

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.

Confirmed Case of COVID-19 at Notre Dame Campus

November 5, 2020

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

Last night, Red River College was advised by Public Health that a member of our community tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was asymptomatic while at the Notre Dame Campus. The last time they were on-campus was Wednesday, October 28.

Everyone at the College wishes them a quick recovery.

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. Deep cleaning, as part of our cleaning and disinfection protocols, has already occurred in the affected spaces and they are back in service.

Public Health’s investigation is ongoing, and anyone at the College who may have been connected to this case has already been contacted. 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 cannot let our guards down and we want to remind all 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), and 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.

It’s important that we continue our efforts to adhere to the COVID-19 safety measures we have in place. These stringent health and safety protocols have been very effective in reducing the risk of transmission of the virus at Red River College and we appreciate everyone’s continued diligence and commitment to these principles.

Please note: in order to protect the privacy of everyone involved, the College will not share the name or any potential identifying information about any confirmed or potential case of COVID-19 to ensure that those affected can focus on their own well-being and recovery.

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.

I know these continue to be challenging times and I would once again thank our College community for working together and doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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

New protocols regarding self-isolating

November 2, 2020

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.

Province of Manitoba announces new public health restrictions

October 30, 2020

The following message was sent to all Red River College students today by Melanie Gudmundson, Chief Human Resources Officer:

Today, Manitoba public health officials announced further restrictions to Manitoba and the Winnipeg Metro Region as part of the province’s Pandemic Response System. Effective Monday, November 2, Winnipeg will be elevated to Red (Critical) level and the rest of Manitoba will move to the Orange (Restricted) level.

What this means for the College:

Due to the stringent safety measures and protocols that post secondary institutions have in place, public health has confirmed that today’s announcement will not change the current academic programming offered on campus.

It is our responsibility as a College to continually evaluate best practices and work closely with public health. To ensure academic programming can continue safely, we will reduce the number of staff we have on our campus to support operations and activities taking place on site. We’re taking this measure now to follow the advice of public health, which recommends reducing contacts outside of our own households.

We want to remind all students and staff to continue to follow all 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, and physical distancing.

We are a large, multi-faceted organization and we understand that there is never a one-size-fits-all approach to how we respond to this pandemic. While we continue to provide essential hands-on activity on campus, we must maintain student-facing services on a limited basis. As always, safety is our top priority.

We have implemented many stringent health and safety protocols that meet or exceed current public health guidelines, including mandatory wearing of masks, physical distancing, cohorts to minimize exposure, staggered academic schedule, increased access to hand sanitizer, and enhanced sanitization measures of all spaces and surfaces.

As we continue to live with this pandemic it’s important to continue to adhere to these measures at all times in order to keep each other safe while on- and off-campus. These measures have been very effective in reducing the risk of transmission of the virus at RRC.

Today’s news is unsettling. We are all members of the Red River College family, and it’s important that we take the time to care for ourselves and each other. If you need help coping with stress or anxiety, we have resources available to support our students and staff.

We commend the College community for working together and doing their part to limit the spread of COVID-19.

For ore information, please visit rrc.ca/coronavirus

Third COVID-19 case confirmed at Red River College

October 28, 2020

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

This afternoon we were advised that a third member of our community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to the two cases announced earlier today.

At this time, we can share the following information:

  • The last time this individual was on-campus was October 19. They were asymptomatic at that time.
  • Their on-campus activity was limited to one area. That area has been cleaned.
  • 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.

If you were not contacted by the College today, you were not in an area that was potentially impacted.

The cases reported today are considered low risk, however, we want to ensure that we are keeping the College community informed while protecting the identity of the individuals involved.

We continue to work with Public Health during their ongoing investigations, and to support those who have been impacted. We will provide updates on all cases as needed. The Notre Dame Campus remains open and no other programs or services are impacted as a result of any of the cases announced today.

Today’s cases are the result of transmission in the community, and are not related to one another.

While three cases in one day can seem alarming, we want to emphasize that transmission did not occur on campus. Red River College continues to follow public health recommendations and maintains stringent health measures to protect against virus transmission on campus. Our COVID-19 protocols have allowed us to respond quickly to each case, ensure our facilities are safe for faculty, staff and students, and support those who have been impacted.

Unfortunately, we know that COVID-19 community transmission is a reality right now in our province. Everyday public health advises new cases, and even though none of the cases we have shared with you today have been connected to the College, we have a large network of students and staff who live and work 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.

We want to commend the College community for working together and doing their part to limit the spread of COVID-19 by staying home when they are feeling ill, washing and sanitizing their hands, and wearing a mask at all times while on campus.

Two new COVID-19 cases at Red River College

October 28, 2020

Sent from Melanie Gudmundson, Chief Human Resource Officer, to all Red River College staff and students:

Yesterday evening, Red River College was advised that a member of our community tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was asymptomatic while at the Notre Dame Campus. The last time they were on-campus was Thursday, October 22 during the afternoon.

This morning, we learned that a second member of our community has also tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to the first. The individual was asymptomatic while they were on campus on Friday, October 23. Similar to the first case, their exposure was limited to one area of the campus.

Everyone at the College wishes both individuals a quick recovery.

Due to the stringent safety measures and protocols that we have in place, these situations are considered low risk. Deep cleaning, as part of our cleaning and sanitization protocols, has already occurred in the affected spaces and we’ve been able to put them back into service.

We’ve notified all individuals who were in the same space at that time of the potential exposure. They have been advised to self-monitor for symptoms and to contact Health Centre at 204-632-2238, or seek testing should their condition change. As per our protocols, their situation will be assessed prior to their return to campus. If you are not contacted by the College, you were not in an area that was potentially impacted.

We continue to work with Public Health during their ongoing investigations, and to support those who have been impacted. We will provide updates on both cases as needed. The Notre Dame Campus remains open and no other programs or services are impacted as a result of either case.

Members of our College community who have further questions, or who have been contacted by Public Health as a result of their investigation, are asked to contact the Health Centre at 204-632-2238, and we will continue to support you.

This news is never easy to share, and as we continue to navigate the changes and challenges of COVID-19, we remain committed to keeping you informed. The safety and health of our entire College community is our first priority.

Red River College has been following public health recommendations to protect against virus transmission on campus. As a result, the College has implemented many stringent health and safety protocols that meet or exceed current public health guidelines, including mandatory wearing of masks, physical distancing, cohorts to minimize exposure, staggered academic schedules, increased access to hand sanitizer, and enhanced sanitization measures for all spaces and surfaces.

As we continue to live with this pandemic, it’s important that we continue to adhere to these measures at all times in order to keep each other safe while on campus. These measures have been very effective in reducing the risk of transmission of the virus at Red River College and I appreciate everyone’s continued diligence and commitment to these principles.

Please note: in order to protect the privacy of everyone involved, the College will not share the name or any potential identifying information about any confirmed or potential case of COVID-19 to ensure that those affected can focus on their own well-being and recovery.

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

RRC COVID-19 Testing Micro-Credential Course

October 9, 2020

Red River College is dedicating its expertise and resources to help increase the COVID-19 testing capacity for Manitoba Public Health.

RRC will open registration early next week for a new micro-credential course designed to train a number of health-care professionals and health-care students to safely administer a nasal swab to test for the virus.

Micro-credential courses allow students to gain practical skills in a short period of time. The COVID-19 testing course will be offered tuition-free through blended online and hands-on delivery, and includes an essential online theory module and hands-on clinical training.

More information, including eligible professions, course dates, and how to register will be made available early next week. Once more information is available we will update our website.