Dominican University College (DUC) is continuing to monitor developments involving the coronavirus (now referred to as COVID-19). At this time, it is business as usual on the DUC campus. Your professor, department or faculty will let you know about any class cancellations or changes. Students should monitor their university email, DUC’s website and main social media accounts for updates. For more information regarding COVID-19 protocols and precautions, please see below.
Our primary goal is to ensure required measures are put in place should the Ottawa-Gatineau region be directly affected by COVID-19. We take this issue very seriously and are following instructions from public health officials, who continue to indicate that the risk in Canada is low. We will promptly share any significant change with the University community via our website and through the usual communication channels, including social media.
How to protect yourself
Public health experts agree that self-hygiene is vital to mitigating the risk linked to the spread of COVID-19.
To reduce the spread of germs, including the flu and COVID-19, Ottawa Public Health recommends that you:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use a hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth unless you have just washed your hands with soap.
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand.
- If possible, stay home if you are sick.
- Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres if you are sick.
- Get your flu shot if you haven’t already, as the flu virus is still circulating in the community.
Members of the DUC community planning to travel abroad should closely monitor Global Affairs Canada’s website to get the most recent travel advice and advisories pertaining to their potential destination and adjust their travel plans accordingly.
Return to Canada
If you have recently travelled to mainland China (including Hong Kong), Iran, Northern Italy, Japan, Singapore or South Korea you may have come in contact with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
If you have travelled to the affected areas, the Public Health Agency of Canada asks that you do the following for 14 days after you arrive to Canada:
- Monitor your health for fever, cough and difficulty breathing
- If you start having symptomsisolate yourself from others as quickly as possible.
- Call a health care professional or Ottawa Public Health (613-580-6744). Describe your symptoms and travel history.
- To further protect those around you, wash your hands often and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Undergraduate students who are self-isolating should contact their faculty. Graduate students should contact their program to arrange for accommodations.
Since the situation is rapidly changing, travellers returning from other affected areas should follow the same advice listed above.