Coronavirus Information

Information and Protocols for Managing Travel and Symptoms

As of February 12, 2020, Manitoba Public Health is recommending the following in response to the coronavirus outbreak:

  • Travelers returning from mainland China will be asked to self-monitor for 14 days after departing the area.
  • In addition, individuals will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days after departing mainland China, or last known close contact exposure, if:
    • They have returned from Hubei province, or
    • Had contact with ill persons during travel to an affected area, or
    • They are contacts of a confirmed or probable novel coronavirus case

Download the self-monitoring form and read about self-isolation below for information on how to self-monitor for symptoms and steps to take to self-isolate effectively.

Symptoms of coronavirus are similar to a cold or flu, and may include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • pneumonia in both lungs

If you or someone you know is concerned about symptoms, call Red River College’s Health Centre at 204-632-2238 and ask to speak with a nurse.


If you choose to self-isolate:

  • stay at home
  • contact Red River College’s Health Centre at 204-632-2238
  • avoid individuals with chronic conditions, compromised immune systems and senior citizens
  • avoid having visitors to your home
  • avoid situations such as social gatherings, work, school, daycare, health-care facilities and seniors residences
  • avoid taking public transit, taxis and ride sharing
  • ask friends to drop off groceries and supplies or use a delivery service
  • when you are self-isolated, you should record your temperature on the self-monitoring form

We will work with each impacted student on an individual basis to ensure they are able to maintain their studies and have timely access to public health services if needed.

All staff and students who have questions or may be experiencing symptoms are to go to the Health Centre, or email

Self-Isolation FAQ

Discrimination and Harassment Policy Reminder

Red River College does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind, including differential treatment or abusive conduct based on a person’s perceived race, ancestry, nationality or national origin, or ethnic background or origin.

The Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, reminds Manitobans:

“We see that when viruses start in certain countries, there’s a fear and sometimes discrimination towards people returning from those countries. Fear and discrimination are only going to impair our ability to deal with this public health issue.”

If you feel you are being harassed or discriminated against, please contact Jessica Spindler, Resource & Resolution Officer, at 204-632-2946 or 

Risk Assessment

  • The risk of coronavirus to Canadian travelers and to Canada remains low at this time
  • Screening at the James A. Richardson International Airport is in effect
  • There are NO reported cases of coronavirus in Manitoba 

General Precautions

Manitoba Health advises following common prevention measures for viruses such as the novel coronavirus, influenza and others, including:

  • Regular hand washing with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleanser, especially…
    • after coughing or sneezing
    • when caring for a sick person
    • before, during and after food preparation
    • before eating
    • after toilet use
    • when hands are visibly dirty
  • Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
  • Avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of a respiratory illness, such as coughing or sneezing‘

Concerned About Symptoms?

If you or someone you know is concerned about symptoms such as cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, breathing difficulties and/or headache, call Red River College’s Health Centre at 204-632-2238 and ask to speak with a nurse.

The nurse will assess your symptoms over the phone. If the nurse feels your symptoms require further investigation, he or she will direct you to an Urgent Care facility or Emergency Room. We will call ahead and provide information to the Urgent Care or Emergency Room intake nurse so they are aware of your symptoms before you arrive at your destination health care facility. (It may be difficult for us to connect with an intake nurse immediately, depending on how busy the health care facility is.)

If you are hosting a visitor who is concerned about possible coronavirus symptoms but does not have health coverage, please take them to Urgent Care or an Emergency Room. They will not be turned away.

For More Information 

Health Links


Please email or call 204-632-2238.

Red River College is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak via updates provided by Manitoba Health and the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer. We will provide information and share updates with students, program staff and online as research and data continues to evolve.