COVID-19 Information Centre

This page is the primary resource for everyone at Loyalist College for information about our response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. We will continue to follow the advice of our public health authorities and the Government of Ontario as the situation evolves. Please check back to this page often for updates.

Updated: November 25, 2020


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Key Updates


Message from the President

SUBJECT: Additional COVID-19 Cases Associated with Loyalist College Reported Nov. 24 – Low Risk to Campus Community

DATE: November 24, 2020

Dear College Community,

Today, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) reported that another Loyalist community member who spent limited time on campus during their infectious period has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, as well as three additional Loyalist community members who were not on campus during their infectious period. The individuals are close contacts of the person who tested positive on November 22. They are all self-isolating off-campus, and we are in regular contact to ensure they are well supported. This update brings the number of active Loyalist-related cases to five people.

The risk to the general College campus community is still considered low, as the student who was on campus was masked and physically distanced from others. 

If you are not contacted directly by Public Health within the next 24 hours, you are not considered to be at risk.    

Classes and activities continue as scheduled for those who live in green, yellow or orange zones, identified in the provincial government’s Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. 

As mentioned earlier today, students who live in a grey Lockdown zone with maximum measures (Toronto or Peel region) or red Control zone with stringent measures (Durham and Waterloo regions) are to contact their School directly to let them know they may require accommodations until the current Lockdown has been resolved. 

If you must come to campus, please continue to adhere to the College’s strict on-campus safety protocols and processes, and in your daily schedule follow guidance provided in provincial assessment tools regarding testing and isolation.

If you’re feeling nervous about COVID-19, you’re not alone. This update, and regular news of increasing cases across the province can impact your mental health and well-being. We have supports for you and I encourage you to access the College’s student supports including Counselling, Student Success Mentors, and AccessAbility Services. For referrals, please contact studentsuccess@loyalistcollege.com. Having people with whom you can share feelings, discuss problems, and receive advice is an essential part of feeling balanced and well. 

The health and safety of our College community is a shared responsibility and we must continue to be vigilant and thoughtful in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. If you develop any symptoms, stay home.    

As the situation evolves, we will continue to keep you up to date through email, as well as the College’s COVID-19 Information Centre.

Thank you,

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Loyalist College


SUBJECT: Loyalist students and employees living in regions in ‘Lockdown’ and with stringent ‘Control’ measures asked not to travel to the College

DATE: November 24, 2020

Good morning,

As you may be aware, the province has moved certain public health unit regions to new COVID-19 control levels in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, including moving Toronto and Peel region into ‘Lockdown’ for a minimum of 28 days. 

Provincial and regional health authorities are strongly recommending that people who are living in a region with maximum ‘Lockdown’ measures or stringent COVID-19 ‘Control’ measures not travel outside their region unless for essential services. This is critical in order to reduce COVID-19 transmission from these ‘grey zones’ or ‘red zones’ to the Hastings and Prince Edward region, which is a ‘green zone.’ If residents of grey or red zones have to travel outside their region, the rules for their zone still apply to them. For example, a resident who cannot eat in a restaurant in their region should refrain from eating in a restaurant in a green zone. 

When it comes to the health and wellbeing of our community, the College wants to remove risks wherever possible. As such, we are asking that students or employees who live outside of the Hastings Prince Edward region in a grey or red zone do not travel to the College until otherwise notified. I know this is not ideal, and that you would prefer to be on-site for small class labs and hands-on activities. Rest assured we will provide learning accommodations, including alternate modalities of program delivery, assessment, and/or completion of academic requirements next term. 

If you live in a grey Lockdown zone with maximum measures (Toronto or Peel region) or red Control zone with stringent measures (Durham and Waterloo regions) please contact your School directly and let them know you may require accommodations until the current Lockdown has been resolved. 

Those living in an orange, yellow, or green zone can continue to attend College as you have been doing since Fall term commenced.

I appreciate that you are already making sacrifices and this request adds another challenge and disappointment, but every preventative action we take will help to flatten the curve and keep each other safe. It’s important that we support the amazing work of our Hastings Prince Edward Public Health partners in protecting essential workers and safeguarding our health system’s capacity. For the socioeconomic wellbeing of our region, we also need to do everything we can to keep our local economy open and support local businesses and employers.

While recent developments around a vaccine are promising, the rising numbers of cases in certain regions calls for this decisive action and I thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. Please continue to follow guidance provided in provincial assessment tools regarding testing and isolation, and if you develop any symptoms, stay home and do not come to campus.    

Stay safe and well,

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Loyalist College


SUBJECT: COVID-19 Case Associated with Loyalist College Reported Nov. 22 – Low Risk to Campus Community

DATE: November 22, 2020

Dear College Community,    

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) has advised us today that a second Loyalist student has tested positive for COVID-19. 

The risk to the general College campus community is considered low, and at this time, classes and activities continue as scheduled.    

Public Health has completed the process of identifying and notifying individuals who are considered high risk contacts of the individual who tested positive and was on campus in Belleville. If you have not been contacted directly by Public Health, you are not considered to be at risk.    

This news may be upsetting and come as a surprise as it follows on the heels of a similar but unconnected announcement last Thursday. In addition to implementing extensive safety measures and protocols to limit the spread of COVID-19 at our facilities, we are committed to taking care of our students and employees through personalized supports and health services, and accommodations where required. We are also ensuring that our student who is self-isolating feels supported and cared for remotely.    

Given increasing rates of COVID-19 transmission, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, David Williams, is urging all Ontarians to limit trips outside of their homes, except for essential purposes, such as work where it is not possible to work from home, school, grocery shopping, medical appointments, and outdoor healthy physical activity.   

In addition, Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH is asking residents of our region to reconsider or postpone non-essential travel to or from higher transmission areas to help reduce the risk of exposure to, and spread of, COVID-19. He’s requested that we avoid travel to other regions unless absolutely necessary and consider postponing invitations for visits from friends or family members who reside in other areas. HPEPH is asking that anyone visiting our region register on their Digital Guestbook, which is private, confidential, and requires only basic information. Every new case in our region increases the risk of local spread and could severely impact our vulnerable loved ones.  

In addition to avoiding unnecessary travel, everyone should continue their efforts to reduce their number of high-risk contacts in general, which will help slow the spread of illness. To reduce high risk contacts, avoid the 3 Cs: closed spaces with poor ventilation; crowded places; and close contact where you can’t practice physical distancing.    

We are all encouraged to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow guidance provided in provincial assessment tools regarding testing and isolation. If you develop any symptoms, stay home and do not come to campus.    

Thank you and take care,    

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan   
President and CEO   
Loyalist College


SUBJECT: One COVID-19 Case Associated with Loyalist College Reported Nov. 19 – Low Risk to Campus Community

DATE: November 19, 2020

Good evening,

I wanted to let you know that the College has been notified today that a Loyalist student, who lives outside of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, has tested positive for COVID-19. 

At this time, the risk to the general College campus community is considered low. Public Health is responding to this case and is in the process of identifying high risk contacts of the individual.

I know this update may be concerning and I empathize. Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to keep you and the entire College community safe. Risk mitigation measures, including appropriate cleaning protocol, have been implemented at the College based on specific direction from Public Health.

Public Health officials are in the process of completing contact tracing, which involves identifying individuals who have been in contact with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19, and they will reach out directly to any student or employee who is considered high risk. High risk contacts of the case will be provided further direction by Public Health, typically within 24 hours.

Low risk contacts (including contacts of high risk contacts) should self-monitor for symptoms and seek testing if symptoms develop. Isolation of low risk contacts is not required unless symptoms develop.

Our student, who tested positive for COVID-19, is currently at home and we will continue to keep in contact with them remotely to ensure that they are supported and cared for as they self-isolate. 

At this time, classes and activities continue as scheduled and the only action required of you is to continue following Loyalist’s preventative safety measures on campus, including completing the COVID-19 screening questionnaire.

If you are feeling unwell, stay home and do not attend classes/come to campus. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, please follow direction provided in the province’s self-assessment tool

Thank you,

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Loyalist College

 

ADDITIONAL COMMUNICATIONS


Keeping Our Community Safe

 

Creating and ensuring a safe working and learning environment is of the utmost importance to Loyalist College. Our Pandemic Committee has been working closely with our Public Health partners as well as our own Student Health Centre medical personnel, faculty with expertise in infectious disease, and occupational health and safety professionals, to protect our students, employees and partners.

 

Loyalist has taken very strict preventative safety measures, including:

  • Reconfiguring our facilities to ensure physical distancing;
  • Increasing security and introducing an app to track the arrival and exit of all individuals at limited entry and exit points;
  • Providing complimentary face masks to those on campus and requiring face masks to be worn;
  • Increasing the number of hand sanitizer stations located throughout campus and disinfectant wipes in classrooms and labs;
  • Posting hand washing guidelines in washrooms;
  • Stocking PPE and critical cleaning products such as wipes, replacement hand sanitizer solution, masks, gloves, and soap;
  • Redesigning our Student Success services online to easily connect students with mentors, resources and informational sessions;
  • Having employees work from home where possible to meet business needs remotely;
  • Closing public gathering spaces;
  • Offering student residents single occupancy rooms only within units of students in the same programs, where possible;
  • Providing detailed training documentation on the processes and protocols of returning to campus;
  • Introducing a COVID-19 testing facility on campus to support students and employees;
  • Establishing quarantine facilities to provide student accommodations in the event a student tests positive for COVID-19; and
  • Ensuring that any students who arrive from outside the country complete a 14-day off-campus quarantine period prior to being allowed on campus.

The health and safety of our College community, including our industry partners, is top priority and we will continue to go above and beyond to demonstrate our commitment and care.

Here are some additional resources:


 

LOYALIST COLLEGE IS ONE OF FOUR ONTARIO COLLEGES WITH A GOVERNMENT-APPROVED COVID-19 READINESS PLAN
 
Belleville, Ontario, October 21, 2020 – Loyalist College announced today that the College’s COVID-19 readiness plan has been approved by the Government of Canada, Government of Ontario, and local public health partners. As one of four approved designated learning institutions (DLI) in the Ontario college system, Loyalist College, which has campuses in Belleville, Bancroft and Toronto, is ready to welcome international students who are currently outside the country. 

“Loyalist’s robust COVID-19 readiness plan protects our students’ and our College community’s health and safety, which is our number one priority,” said Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist College President and CEO. “We will be helping students with their quarantine plans and providing assistance with everything they need during this time – and throughout their journey at Ontario’s Destination College. Loyalist students travelling to Canada can rest assured knowing the caring supports are in place for them to begin their successful academic journey.” 

Loyalist’s COVID-19 readiness plan outlines how the College will manage the mandatory supervised 14-day quarantine period for international students, including arranging transportation to the quarantine location and helping them get the items they need for their quarantine, like food, medications and health insurance. The College’s detailed plan outlines how the College protects the health and safety of all students and the surrounding community, as it has done since the beginning of the pandemic.  

Government of Canada travel restriction changes will allow more international students who wish to travel to Canada for the purpose of continuing and/or pursuing their studies, to enter the country. Asymptomatic international students may travel to Canada if they meet the following requirements: 

  • They must be in possession of a valid study permit or letter of introduction 
  • They must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a Government-approved COVID-19 readiness plan  

International students can apply to Loyalist’s more than 65 diploma, advanced diploma, post-graduate certificate and certificate programs, with January, May and/or September 2021 intakes. For more information, visit loyalistcollege.com/international


Face masks required to be worn in campus buildings

In alignment with a recent Hastings Prince Edward Public Health announcement on mandatory masking, all individuals must wear non-medical masks/face coverings inside Loyalist College buildings.

The College will provide students and staff with reusable cloth masks; we encourage you to bring these masks with you when coming to campus. If needed, a supply of disposable masks is available on-site, including at the main entrance.

There are some exceptions that apply. A mask is not required if you:

  • Are outdoors and maintain a two-metre distance from others;
  • Have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask/face covering safely;
  • Are behind a physical barrier, such as plexiglass; or
  • Are in an area not open to the public (e.g. in a private office) and your workspace permits a two-metre distance from others.

Masks are still required when you are:

  • Entering and leaving campus buildings;
  • Travelling to or through public areas such as hallways or washrooms; or
  • Are within two metres of another person without a physical barrier in place.

The health and well-being of our students and staff is always our top priority. Thank you for helping us keep our community safe.


 


News Releases & Updates

November 13, 2020
Do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health


October 21, 2020
Statement from the Medical Officer of Health regarding Halloween
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health


October 13, 2020
This year, it’s more important than ever to get the flu shot and reduce the spread of flu
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health


September 30, 2020
Statement from the Medical Officer of Health regarding local COVID-19 Cases and Precautions
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health


August 5, 2020
Public Health Order Will Help Enforce COVID-19 Self-Isolation Requirements
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health


July 15, 2020
Expanded Instruction will Protect the Community as HPEPH Enters Stage 3
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health


July 7, 2020
Face Coverings Required at Local Businesses, Beginning July 10
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health


May 20, 2020
Ontario Reduces Financial Barriers to Postsecondary Education
Government of Ontario


May 14, 2020
Flexibility in post-graduation work permit rules to help international students and Canadian post-secondary institutions
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada


April 22, 2020
Removing barriers for international students working in essential services to fight COVID-19
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada


April 22, 2020
Support for students and recent graduates impacted by COVID-19
Department of Finance Canada


April 22, 2020
Support for students and new grads affected by COVID-19
Office of the Prime Minister



February 23, 2020
Update #5: Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer on the release of selected individuals from quarantine for the 2019 novel coronavirus
Public Health Agency of Canada


February 21, 2020
Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer on the release of repatriated Canadians from quarantine following 14-day stay at CFB Trenton
Public Health Agency of Canada


February 12, 2020
Ontario Confirms Resolved Case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Ministry of Health


February 9, 2020
Update from Hastings Prince Edward Public Health 

HPEPH has been working with the provincial Ministry of Health and the federal government to support the repatriation of Canadians from Hubei province in China. For more information about this process, including measures in place to protect the local community, please:


February 7, 2020
Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on the release of selected individuals from quarantine for 2019 novel coronavirus
Public Health Agency of Canada

OTTAWA – On February 7, 2020, the Government of Canada repatriated Canadians and their families from Wuhan, China, which is the epicentre of the outbreak of novel coronavirus (referred to as 2019-nCoV).


February 3, 2020
Update on the Government of Canada’s Response to Coronavirus

Today, the Government of Canada announced its plan to assist Canadians affected by the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. Last week, the Government announced that it secured a plane to help Canadians who requested assistance in departing Wuhan. Canadians returning from Wuhan will be housed at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton under quarantine and observationfor 14 days. Read more

–Neil Ellis, MP Bay of Quinte


February 2, 2020
Government of Canada evacuating Canadians from Wuhan, China

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, today announced the Government of Canada’s plan to assist Canadians who have requested help in departing from Wuhan. Read more

–Global Affairs Canada


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