COVID-19 Information

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 (initially referred to as ‘Coronavirus’) is a virus strain that has spread in people since December 2019. There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.

What do I do if I think I have been exposed to, or I am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?

Those who develop symptoms should immediately self-isolate (stay in a room that is not shared with anyone else) and call their health-care provider or the BC provincial health line (811) to discuss any need for testing and follow up.

Students, faculty, or staff who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 by laboratory testing should stay home or self-isolate in their home/room alone for 14 days after their last encounter. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).

What should I do if I'm experiencing symptoms but have not travelled or been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19?

It is cold and flu season, and it is important for people with cold and flu symptoms, such as a bad cough, congestion and fever, to stay home and self-care to recover and avoid spreading any illness.

What does it mean to self-isolate?

Self-isolation means you are isolated, away from school and under the care of a parent, guardian, family member or family friend. The 14-day self-isolation begins the first day you return from travel abroad or the first day you are no longer in contact with a potential COVID-19 patient.

Will warm weather stop the outbreak of COVID-19?

It is not yet known whether weather and temperature impact the spread of COVID-19. Some other viruses, like the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months, but that does not mean it is impossible to become sick with these viruses during other months. At this time, it is not known whether the spread of COVID-19 will decrease when weather becomes warmer in the spring.

What can parents do to keep children safe?

It is important to stay informed and follow the guidelines of BC Public Health officials and not to panic if your child or someone else in your family or community gets a cough and fever. It is more likely to be a cold, or flu, than COVID-19. Parents or guardians should continue to remind students about healthy hygiene habits and reinforce precautions taken regularly to prevent the spread of germs, such as washing hands and covering their cough or sneeze.