Update 3: Latest coronavirus updates for the U of T community

January 29, 2020

Confirmation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Toronto is raising concerns and questions among members of the University of Toronto community. Ontario’s chief medical officer of health continues to advise that the risk of contracting the virus remains low. University leaders are carefully monitoring the situation and are in communication with faculty experts who work in our affiliated teaching hospitals and in public health. 

We will continue to keep our community informed of new developments through the U of T website and urge those seeking information to consult trusted sources such as the Government of Ontario.

Symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Should you experience these symptoms AND have recently travelled internationally to an affected region, avoid contact with others and contact your health-care professional or nearest hospital.

Read more about the coronavirus in this FAQ for the U of T community

Students travelling internationally should refer to the safety abroad office website

Staff and faculty may refer to the Government of Canada’s travel advisory website.

For our students who do some learning in health-care settings, the leaders of our health science faculties and OISE are aware of the steps needed to protect our students, should it become necessary. Learners, faculty and staff in a health science setting should follow the directions of the administration of the facility.

If students are unable to return to the university as a result of the travel restrictions, they should contact their registrar (undergraduate students) or graduate program (graduate students) to arrange for accommodations.


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Update 2: Message from the University regarding the Coronavirus

January 26, 2020

As of January 25, 2020, Ontario Health officials have confirmed one presumptive case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Toronto. Health officials continue to note that the risk of contracting the virus remains low. We are monitoring the situation carefully, and are in communication with faculty experts who work in our affiliated teaching hospitals and in public health.
 
Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Should you experience these symptoms AND have recently travelled internationally, avoid contact with others, and contact your health care professional or nearest hospital.
 
Students travelling internationally should refer to the safety abroad office website safetyabroad.utoronto.ca. Staff and faculty may refer to the Government of Canada’s travel advisory website travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.
 
For our students who do some learning in health care settings, the leaders of our health science faculties and OISE are aware of the steps needed to protect our students, should it become necessary. Learners, faculty and staff in a health science setting should follow the directions of the administration of the facility.
 
If students are unable to return to the University as a result of the travel restrictions, they should contact their registrar (undergraduate students) or graduate program (graduate students) to arrange for accommodations.
 
Resources:
Toronto Public Health: www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/diseases-medication...
Peel Public Health: www.peelregion.ca/articles/2020/coronavirus.asp
Public Health Ontario: www.ontario.ca/page/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov
Public Health Agency of Canada: www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus.html
World Health Organization: www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus


 

Update 1: Message from the University regarding the Coronavirus

January 23, 2020

The University has received questions regarding the Coronavirus from students, staff and faculty. We are actively monitoring the situation and will provide additional information when available.

Information regarding the Coronavirus is continually updated by various public health organizations. At present, the World Health Organization has not declared this a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Canada. However, infection control experts predict that there will be cases of the virus in Canada at some point.

As is the usual best practice, we encourage the community to:

  • Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer when needed
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow
  • If you have a severe cold or the flu, stay home

For information on how to protect yourself, symptoms, and current travel advice, please refer to the following sites:

About the Coronavirus:

Government of Canada Public Health Agency: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus.html
U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

Travel Guidance/Advice:

Government of Canada Travel Advice: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories/pneumonia-china