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Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

As circumstances develop globally, the province is providing regular updates to British Columbians on the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The B.C. Provincial Health Officer continues to advise that the risk to students, staff and school communities from the novel coronavirus outbreak remains low. The Abbotsford School District takes direction from the Fraser Health Authority and is in regular communication with them, as well as the Ministries of Health and Education.

We will continue to share the latest updates and advice from the province.

The Provincial Health Officer is advising travellers who have been to Hubei province in the last 14 days to limit their contact with others for 14 days (self-isolation, stay at home) following arrival in Canada. 

The Provincial Health Officer is also advising that anyone who is concerned they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of, the coronavirus should contact their primary care provider, local public health office or call 811. Translation services for 811 are available in more than 130 languages.

The World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus a global health emergency; however, the B.C. Provincial Health Officer is advising that the risk is low within British Columbia and all necessary precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of infection. We are in regular communication with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and our local health authority who make public health decisions, and to ensure students and staff are kept informed and safe. Common questions and answers are available on the HealthLinkBC website.

Reducing the risk

The BC Centre for Disease Control recommends that to reduce the risk of exposure to novel coronavirus, employ the same measures that are taken in relation to colds and flu:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and hot water (it is the single most effective way of reducing infection spread).
  • Practice other good hygiene habits: do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with your hands, and cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough (ideally with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched workspace surfaces.
  • Maintain good general health (eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, exercise in moderation).
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • A new toll-free phone number (1-833-784-4397) has been established to answer questions from Canadians about the 2019 novel coronavirus. 

Further information about novel coronavirus is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

Current until: Friday, February 28th, 2020
Posted: Wednesday, January 29th, 2020