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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Updates
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In an effort to protect the academic progress of students at Saskatchewan’s post-secondary educational institutions during the current pandemic, and under the leadership of the Ministry of Advanced Education, the province’s post-secondary institutions are meeting regularly as a group to coordinate their individual responses to the disease and to update their existing containment and contingency plans. 

The Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population. However, there is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for individuals 65 and over, and for those with compromised immune systems or underlying medical conditions. 

Carlton Trail College remains committed to the health and safety of our staff and students, even in challenging times. 

Based on consultation with the province’s Chief Medical Health Officer, the University of Regina, the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Saskatchewan’s Regional Colleges have agreed on the following risk-mitigation measures to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19): 

  1. Cancellation of non-essential events – Institutions will cancel events not directly tied to the academic progress of students.  
  1. Increased restrictions for all incoming or outgoing travel to other countries – Institutions will immediately increase existing travel restrictions for students, faculty and staff. 
  1. Preparation of online education options – Where possible, institutions will move the delivery of course material and instruction online in order to reduce the need for person-to-person contact. 
  1. Expansion of coronavirus (COVID-19) Risk Mitigation Awareness campaigns – Institutions will further promote education campaigns about the disease, to ensure students, faculty and staff are aware of steps they can take to reduce the risk of infection, including social distancing measures, self-isolation and hygiene techniques. 

These measures are effective immediately. Please note that circumstances surrounding the spread of this disease are evolving rapidly around the world, and additional measures may be required as circumstances change. 

We will continue to meet with provincial educational institutions over the weeks ahead to support a common provincial response to this situation and to act quickly when required. 

Recommended Health Precautions

There are several, basic steps to take to reduce or prevent illness: 

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Throw away used tissues as soon as possible and wash hands afterwards.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home if you are sick. 

Health questions and concerns can be directed to Saskatchewan’s HealthLine by calling 811. 

Travel

The College continues to follow Saskatchewan’s travel guidelines. Currently, we are not encouraging international travel and urge individuals to reassess domestic travel arrangements. Recent travelers are strongly urged to monitor their health when they return home. Saskatchewan’s travel guidelines are updated, as required, and are available at www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.    

Personal Responsibility

Carlton Trail College is a diverse community committed to upholding our values of integrity, respect and accountability within a caring, responsive environment. As such, we need to work together to address this wide-ranging public health issue. Follow basic health precautions. Self-monitor your health. Seek out up-to-date health information from reliable sources. 

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) health situation changes and as new information is made available, recommendations and advice may change. We need to be flexible to adapt as needed.     

Please continue to refer to updated information available via our website or contact the College at 1-800-667-2623.

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