2019 Novel Coronavirus


Message from the President

SUBJECT: COVID-19: Spring Semester Start Delayed Until May 19
DATE: March 30, 2020

Dear College Community members,

As a result of disruptions arising from COVID-19, we are delaying the start of the 2020 Spring semester until Tuesday, May 19, two weeks later than planned. The new 12-week Spring semester will end by Friday, August 7 as previously scheduled. Grades will be submitted by Tuesday, August 11 by 9 pm.

Classes will be delivered through online and alternative delivery methods for the first six weeks, and possibly beyond, depending on the status of evolving national and provincial measures in place to stop the spread of the Novel Coronavirus.

The delayed start will ensure that faculty and students have the time they need to prepare for this alternative delivery, ensure program outcomes are met and maximize our ability to offer a personalized approach, individualized feedback for students and peer-to-peer collaboration.

I want to acknowledge the creativity, flexibility and collegiality that everyone – students, faculty, staff and our partners in the community – is showing as we navigate these uncharted waters. We are so impressed by your optimism in adapting to COVID-19 challenges. Please know that your safety and the academic success of our students are of paramount importance in every decision we make. Thank you for your patience, and thanks to our faculty and staff who are working from home to ensure student success and to prepare for our May intake.

While it is too soon to know when Loyalist will re-open, we look forward to the time when we resume in-person classes. It’s the hands-on empowered learning experiences and vibrant student life, which are central to our Destination College experience. The focus on student success is evident even when we are away from campus, as so much of what makes Loyalist unique resides in the people who continue their focus on your success so you can reach your goals.

Sincerely,

Ann Marie

Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Loyalist College


SUBJECT: COVID-19: Labs, Shops, Studio Instruction and Placements Suspended
DATE: March 25, 2020

Dear College Community,

I hope you and your loved ones are well and staying safe in self-isolation. Through these regular communications, I intend to keep you connected to the College and informed about the actions we are taking to continue to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Classes resumed Monday, March 23, through online and alternative delivery methods, with an aim to help students finish their winter semester on time. While classes are being taught in a different way until the end of semester, April 17, students are still working toward the same learning outcomes and will continue to have interaction with faculty and peers, collaborative learning, feedback on assignments, and assessments. Delivery of online courses and services continues as planned.

New Updates:

  • All labs, shops, studio instruction and placements have been suspended until the end of the semester, April 17. This is an extension of the March 31 date previously posted. Instead of in-person experiential-based learning, we are looking to develop applied projects that meet learning outcomes; identify placements that can be completed remotely; creative lab completion through live streaming demonstrations, virtual simulations and case study engagement; and seek opportunities for final semester students to gain immediate related employment in essential fields (i.e. PMED, NURS and OTPTA), if permitted by WSIB and the regulating bodies.
  • For students in the final semester of their program, remote capstone experiences and projects will be most important. Those returning in the fall may have the option to spend the first week completing open labs and program ‘boot camps,’ which will offer compressed delivery of some elements of this semester’s curriculum. As we determine next steps for your program, we will communicate directly with you in the coming days. Students are encouraged to visit loyalistcollege.com/coronavirus regularly and to check their email and Blackboard for program-specific updates. If you have concerns or require clarification, please contact your program faculty members or Dean.
  • Hotel accommodations for student residents with no alternative accommodation will be extended to April 17. Residence will remain closed for the semester. Those students who moved out of Residence for the short term to family or friends but who do not have the option to continue living in their temporary accommodations should contact residence@loyalistcollege.com. For those residents looking to pick up their personal belongings, arrangements can be made directly with the Residence team when the province is no longer in a state of emergency. 
  • Student services, including Student Success, the Health Centre, Career Services, Library Services, IT Services and Student Government, continue to be available remotely through email, phone or online.
  • For the small number of students who do not have access to internet or a computer, necessary for the completion of your programs, the SAL remains open on a very limited basis where physical distancing is in effect. Please advise your Dean if you do not have access to a computer, required for your online studies.
  • While Ontario remains in a state of emergency, the majority of our employees continue to work from home and practice physical distancing. Unless authorized to do so, employees should not come to campus for any reason.

As with all of our general updates, we are mindful that every student is unique, every program has different opportunities and challenges associated with new online and alternative delivery methods. As a small, nimble College with exceptional, caring faculty, we are responding to students’ individual needs and facilitating high-quality education that will prepare them for success in a different world of work. As we adapt to new realities, ensuring student success is our priority.

I know this has been a challenging time. Developments are changing by the hour and it is difficult to plan. Please know that your health and well-being, and that of our community has been at the forefront of all decisions. We remain committed to supporting you through this. We will support you by supporting each other. We will get through this together!

Thank you for all of your hard work, responsiveness, patience and resiliency, as we collaborate and support each other through this unprecedented time.

Sincerely,

Ann Marie

Ann Marie Vaughan, Ed.D.
President and CEO
Loyalist College


SUBJECT: COVID-19: Loyalist College Delivers Personal Protective Equipment to Quinte Health Care
DATE: March 24, 2020

Dear College Community,

As you may be aware, there is a national shortage of health care supplies and personal protective equipment as frontline health care workers test overwhelming numbers of people for COVID-19 and care for patients. 

Amid growing concerns about dwindling stocks of supplies, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) are urging governments and organizations who have supplies to repurpose them for frontline health care use. 

Quinte Health Care has advised us that they urgently need personal protective equipment. Loyalist faculty and staff answered the call and donated a variety of College items from programs and simulation labs to keep frontline workers safe. This includes more than 16 bags of hand sanitizer, 500 isolation gowns, 25,200 latex-free non-sterile gloves, 31,000 Nitrile gloves, 20 N95 1860 respirators, 20 N95 1870 respirators, Sensicare sterile gloves, 125 shield face masks, 1,050 surgical face masks (loop), 250 surgical face masks (tie) and one container of Virox wipes, for a total donation of 58,282 supplies.  

Dedicated staff and faculty across the College’s three Schools quickly mobilized to respond to this emergent need. They assessed our resources across various program areas and worked together to meet the demand. 

Loyalist College Simulation Laboratory Specialists Todd Bandy (above) and Bethany Jones delivered supplies to Quinte Health Care on Monday, March 23, 2020.

While physical resources are essential, so are health human resources. We are proud of our faculty, staff and students who are working hard to keep us safe.

When we lead with our hearts, remarkable acts of kindness and generosity ensue. I continue to be inspired by the depth of care and compassion within our community and everything you do to support others in this unprecedented time of need.  

Sincerely,

Ann Marie

Ann Marie Vaughan, Ed.D.
President and CEO
Loyalist College


SUBJECT: COVID-19: Update on Online and Alternative Delivery Methods
DATE: March 23, 2020

Dear Students,

We understand that these are difficult and rapidly changing times, and I want to assure you that we are here for you and are committed to your success.

Our goal is to protect our College community while maintaining continuity of program delivery.

I am writing today to provide you with some important updates and resources now that classes have resumed, as of today, through online and alternative delivery formats.

As you are aware, all in-person classes are suspended until the end of the semester, April 17. Last week, the faculty and the College worked to prepare remote and alternate delivery methods for on-campus programming with an aim to help as many students as possible finish their winter semester on time.

By now, you should have received an email from your School and/or program faculty with specific details for the continuation of your program.

Schools are in the process of developing plans for any required practical components such as labs, clinical and placements. Details and contingency plans will be shared with you in the coming days.

If you are unable to engage in alternative delivery methods for classes and/or practical course components, a different plan will be provided, but as a result, it may not be possible for you to finish your semester at the same time as your peers.

Online courses and programs are continuing as scheduled. Any required changes will be communicated within your courses and/or through the community hub.

We understand that the transition to online and alternative delivery is not simple and there may be a number of challenges. We are here to help find solutions and provide the support you need to complete your studies. Adjusting to online and alternative course delivery will take time and patience.

Below are tips and a list of support resources available to you:

  • Read all communications from your School/program faculty so that you understand how to access your classes/coursework remotely.
  • If you have questions about your online/alternative classes, contact your program faculty.
  • If you experience problems accessing Blackboard, your College email, or other Loyalist technologies, please contact servicedesk@loyalistcollege.com or 613-969-1913, ext. 2420 for assistance (Monday through Friday, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm).
  • If you require academic supports, our AccessAbility team and Student Success Mentors are available. You can contact staff directly, or email studentsuccess@loyalistcollege.com for a referral.
  • If you need tutoring, writing or English-language support, please contact eproulx@loyalistcollege.com for a referral.
  • We can all benefit from supports during these uncertain times. Various counselling resources are available here.

I would like to thank our committed and professional team who has been working tirelessly to ensure a smooth transition to online and alternative delivery methods. I am so proud of what you have accomplished in such a short period of time, and I look forward to highlighting examples of your successes in the coming week.

A big thank you to you, our students, for your adaptability and hard work ethic as you proceed with the semester through new methods to achieve the learning outcomes of your program.

Sincerely,

Ann Marie

Ann Marie Vaughan, Ed.D.
President and CEO
Loyalist College


SUBJECT: COVID-19: College Community Update on Loyalist Student Residents
DATE: March 20, 2020

Dear College Community,

Fortunately, we continue to have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 connected to the College. However, the threat of contracting the Novel Coronavirus unfortunately continues to grow along with confirmed and suspected cases in our region. Our first priority is to keep everyone safe by proactively mitigating its transmission and helping to ‘flatten the curve’ of its spread.

As of Tuesday, March 17, the day after we suspended all non-essential College services, we have been encouraging our student residents to move out for their safety and the safety of all residents and College employees.

This decision is based entirely on the advice of health care professionals who best understand the severity and implications of the COVID-19 situation. An outbreak in Residence would lead to mass quarantine and could be a grave situation. By Wednesday, when we still had more than 500 students in Residence, we needed to escalate the urgency and require students to move out by this afternoon at 3 pm. We are grateful to those students who quickly found alternative arrangements and to their families and friends who rallied together to help them move out. In addition, approximately 40 students with extenuating circumstances have received approval to move out through the weekend.

Close to 200 student residents who have no family or friends with whom to temporarily stay will be accommodated in local hotels at no cost until March 31. In hotel rooms, students will be able to practice social distancing. There will be College Resident Assistants within the hotels to provide direction and advice, as required. This was not possible in Residence, which is configured for communal living and houses up to 12 students in some units. We could not keep students safe there.

We understand this is a very stressful time for all students, especially residents who have the additional responsibilities associated with moving out. We empathize, apologize for the inconvenience, and take comfort knowing that they will be safer in self-isolation within homes of family and friends, as well as in rooms within different local hotels. If you have any questions, please contact marcom@loyalistcollege.com so that we may assist. 

We care about our students and are here to support them throughout this move and beyond. Thank you for your patience, perseverance and positive outlook during this trying time.

Sincerely,

Ann Marie

Ann Marie Vaughan, Ed.D.
President and CEO
Loyalist College


SUBJECT: COVID-19: Placements/Clinicals Suspended
DATE: March 17, 2020

Good afternoon,

To ensure students’ safety given the spread of COVID-19, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend placements/clinicals for the remainder of the semester. In addition to health precautions, the WSIB (Workplace Insurance Safety Board) will not confirm coverage for any placements given the current circumstances as of today.

Placements/clinicals will resume as early as possible in collaboration with our community partners and their schedules. As we know more details, we will share them with you for your future planning. We understand this is a challenging time of many uncertainties, but we are steadfast in our commitment to providing students with quality workplace experiences to complete their learning outcomes.

Thank you for your understanding,

Ann Marie
Ann Marie Vaughan, Ed.D.
President and CEO


DATE: March 17, 2020

Dear Students,

We are living in an unprecedented time.  I want to assure you that we are here for you.

As you know we are moving to a limited use of our facilities from now to March 31.  We are requesting that if you are able to move out of Residence to family we encourage you to do so. Why? It’s because we want to encourage social distancing.  We are working through the advice of health care professionals who advise that if we can limit the number of students in Residence then we should make arrangements to do so.  However, if you cannot move we certainly understand and we want you to know that we are here to support you.  If we have a case of COVID 19 in residence then we must move from isolation to quarantine and that will be of every person that person has come in contact with.  What that means is that your suite or even larger may need to move to quarantine.  Rest assured that even in this scenario we will support you.

The Commons will remain open.  We will be limiting numbers to less than 50 people.  Food services will continue with hours as posted in the Residence Commons

There will be no entry to residence from anyone outside of residence.

Over the next two weeks we will be limiting access to the Kente Building.  Access to the building will be provided to residence students through the 1L38 doorway.  You will need to sign in at the front desk, please bring any photo ID with you. If you don’t have a student ID that’s ok as security will look you up in our system. The SAL will be open as well as study spaces.  Classrooms will be locked.  This will be to ensure that our cleaning services are focused on areas that students need as we move to alternative delivery of our programs.

Health Services, Counselling and Career Services will be available as per the message that I released to the college community.

If you chose to move home for the next two weeks please ensure that you formally notify residence staff as we will be checking in with residents periodically.  For those students who will be returning to Residence after classes resume, if their program extends past the contract end date, they will not be charged any additional Residence fees.

Please keep in touch with each other – be kind – be patient.  Our staff is doing everything they can to support you.  Staff from other units at the college have reached out to provide extra supports during this time. My sincere thanks to the amazing college team of professionals who are completely focused on student success.

We will get through this together.  These are challenging times and I want to personally assure you that everyone at Loyalist College is here to ensure your health and well-being during this time.

Sincerely,

Ann Marie
Ann Marie Vaughan, Ed.D.
President and CEO


SUBJECT: Important Updates for the Loyalist College Community – COVID-19
DATE:       March 16, 2020

Dear College Community,

While there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 connected to Loyalist College, we are taking the advice of Public Health officials and our Student Health Centre team to help ‘flatten the curve’ of the Novel Coronavirus spread and proactively mitigate its rate of transmission. Please find an update below on our latest preventative measures:

All Non-Essential College Services Suspended

Starting today until March 31, we are suspending all non-essential services.

This includes:

  • All labs, shops, Dining Hall, Health Centre, Student Success, Career Services, student spaces, Library, Bookstore, Spa, etc.
  • Students are asked to continue working on your programs remotely, and not come to the College.
  • To reduce pressure for our employees, effective immediately, we are asking them to work from home, unless their work on campus is required to support alternate delivery of academic programs and keeping basic operating functions going.
  • We will continue to provide updates on the status of this suspension, and provide two or three days’ advance notice before services resume.
  • As of tomorrow morning, everyone who enters the College will be required to sign in and out. Students will need to show their Student ID. Please do not come to campus if you are feeling ill or have been exposed to someone who has recently travelled or is sick.
  • Access within the College will be restricted with limited entrances, for short-term access.
  • Residence will be limited to student residents only. We encourage all students who are able to do so, to move home during this time. More Residence-specific information will be communicated to residents shortly.

Access Student Health, Success and Career Services Remotely

Student Health Services, Student Success Services and Student Career Services will continue to be offered to students through email, phone and online:

Student Health Centre:

  • If you have a medical concern and do not have a family physician, please call the Health Centre at 613-969-1913, ext. 2374 to be directed to one of our nurses. They will screen your concern and determine whether it is essential to be assessed in person or by a physician. If so, you will be offered a phone consultation with Dr. Steinitz at a scheduled time. If it is deemed an in-person appointment is necessary, one will be scheduled and you will be asked to wait in your car, Residence or quiet area alone until you are called or texted that the team is ready for you to come to the Student Health Centre. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us reduce non-essential visits at this time.
  • The Government of Ontario has provided helpful suggestions for self-assessing whether you may have COVID-19 and other options for accessing health care.
  • Student Success Services
  •  To book Counselling, Mentor, and AccessAbility appointments, contact Student Success at 613-969-1913; ext. 2519 or studentsuccess@loyalistcollege.com.
  • If you have a scheduled appointment, it will continue via the phone. Contact Student Success to confirm your contact information.
  • For new Peer Tutoring requests, complete this online form. 
  • For students already matched with Peer Tutors, contact your tutor directly to discuss options and availability.
  • For Faculty Writing Coach and English Language Support sessions, contact eproulx@loyalistcollege.com.

Career Services

  • To make an appointment with Career Services, call 613-969-1913 ext. 2438 or email careers@loyalistcollege.com.
  • If you have an appointment, please call at the scheduled time or to reschedule.
  • Through the Career Centre website, virtual Interview Stream software is accessible to you anytime and all of the Career Development Certificate program presentations and modules are online and attached to LinkedIn Learning modules.

Classes via Online and Alternative Delivery Methods

  • As previously mentioned, all classes will continue through online and alternative delivery methods starting on or before Monday, March 23.
  • This week you will receive an email from your school with specific details for your program.
  • All online courses are continuing as scheduled.
  • If you are unable to engage in alternative delivery methods for classes and/or placements/labs, a different plan will be provided, but as a result, it may not be possible for you to finish your semester at the same time as your peers.

Placements and Clinicals

  • At this time placement and clinicals are continuing as planned unless cancelled by the agency or host. Students who feel unwell should exercise the same abundance of caution as they would do in any other circumstance.
  • Students who do not wish to proceed with their placement will be provided with the option of removing themselves from the placement and resuming their clinical/ placement course at a later date that is agreeable to the placement site schedule. The College cannot however guarantee at his time when that placement will occur. 

Avoid Non-Essential Travel

  • To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada advises you to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.
  • It is critical for all students, employees and contractors to self-isolate for 14 days if you return from travel outside of Canada. 
  • Call the Student Health Centre at ext. 2374 to let them know you are self-isolating.

I would like to thank our committed and professional team who has been working tirelessly to respond to this global pandemic as we balance quality education with the protection of our College community.  Loyalist is committed to ensuring the academic integrity and continuity of our programs despite the uncertainty and challenges of the COVID-19 epidemic. We will continue to keep you up-to-date with emails and through loyalistcollege.com 

Thank you for your patience and perseverance.

Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Loyalist College


 

SUBJECT: COVID-19: Important Updates for the Loyalist College Community
DATE:       March 13, 2020

Good afternoon,

The health, well-being and safety of our Loyalist College community is always our top priority. These are difficult and rapidly shifting times, and I am writing today to provide an important update regarding the College’s evolving response to COVID-19 and how it impacts campus services and our teaching and learning environment.

Please see below important updates for the Loyalist College Community:

  • Loyalist College’s Belleville, Bancroft and Brunel campuses will remain open. Core College functions and facilities, including Residence, the Dining Hall, Student Access Lab, The Parrott Centre Library and the Loyalist Student Health Centre, among other services, will operate as usual.
  • In-person classes will be suspended as of Monday, March 16 until the end of the semester, April 17; however, teaching will resume via a range of online and alternative delivery methods by Monday, March 23, if not earlier, depending on your program. During the next week, faculty members will prepare course content for this transition.
  • Schools will share specific details for each program by next Friday, March 20. Not all program delivery will be the same.
  • Any changes to labs or apprenticeship will also be communicated to students through their School by next Friday, March 20. Where possible, these will be staggered to allow “social distancing” in smaller groups.
  • Modifications to students’ placement schedules will be determined by the placement host and in collaboration with faculty members.
  • On-campus events will be cancelled until the end of the semester.

Our objective is to protect you while maintaining continuity of program delivery. The steps above are being taken out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to reduce campus traffic and risk. We want to do our part in the fight against COVID-19 at Loyalist, and in our Bay of Quinte community. Through social distancing, as recommended by Ontario public health authorities, we aim to interrupt the chain of transmission and protect vulnerable populations. This effort will also assist in reducing strain on our local health care providers.

Additional details about these changes will be available for students and the College community on the College’s main COVID-19 web page. We will continue to post FAQs and other important information as we navigate these uncharted waters. Please forward any questions not answered by the College’s COVID-19 web page to marcom@loyalistcollege.com.

On a personal note, I want to thank our Loyalist faculty and staff who have invested significant time and energy to ensure we are best prepared. You go above and beyond to support our community and do so with composure, empathy and sincerity. Your commitment to the success of our students is admirable.

To our students: We realize that this is a very stressful and difficult time for you. Please be assured that the academic integrity of your program will be maintained, and that plans will be flexible for program continuity. Thank you for your thoughtful questions and helpful suggestions. As this situation continues to evolve, and the decisions we make increase with complexity, please know that your health and safety is my top priority. Adversity is challenging, and I know our caring, supportive community will get through this together.

Please be assured that I will continue to keep you informed about new developments and procedures as they arise.

Yours sincerely,

Ann Marie Vaughan

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan,
President & CEO,
Loyalist College


SUBJECT:  COVID-19 Precautions: All On-Campus Events Cancelled Until March 31
DATE:        March 12, 2020

Good afternoon,

While the risk of COVID-19 infection continues to be low in our region, we have made the difficult but prudent decision in collaboration with Hastings Prince Edward Public Health to cancel all non-academic, academic and community events scheduled to be held on campus between now and Tuesday, March 31.

Resto 213, the Loyalist Market and The Spa will suspend their services during this time.

We must do our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Reducing activity on campus will help to protect our Loyalist community and our safe teaching and learning environment.

All classes will continue as planned. We remain in communication with public health.

In looking ahead at College events planned for this spring, such as Convocation on June 10, 11, and 12, please keep in mind the importance of booking refundable travel and accommodations in the event that the ceremonies are cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. Please also speak with your insurance company to understand the terms of your coverage. 

Please continue to visit loyalistcollege.com/coronavirus for updates.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this evolving situation together.

Ann Marie Vaughan
President & CEO
Loyalist College


SUBJECT:  COVID-19: March Break Travel Considerations
DATE:        March 12, 2020

Good afternoon,

As you may be aware, Public Health officials in Ontario are warning families about March Break travel plans next week, as efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 continue.  

While the federal government has issued a travel advisory with a growing list of several countries, there are many destinations with COVID-19 cases that are not on the list. For example, Florida, New York and Washington have been declared states of emergency because of COVID-19.

In light of the spread of the Novel Coronavirus, please carefully consider your March Break travel plans, even within Ontario.

Any student, employee or contractor returning from a Level 3 country or region is required to undergo the mandatory period of self-isolation as directed by the Government of Canada. During this period, you should not come on campus.

Even if you visit a region that is not on this list, please consider self-quarantine, as required, and monitor your health carefully for 14 days after returning home.

As the list of countries is increasing, be aware that conditions may be different by the time you return.

Our top priority is to keep you safe and protect the well-being of our entire College community.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Ann Marie Vaughan
President & CEO
Loyalist College


SUBJECT:  Update and Information Novel Coronavirus – COVID-19
DATE:        March 11, 2020

Dear Students,

Given the slowly but steadily rising number of COVID-19 cases in Canada, I am reaching out again to reassure you that Loyalist College is closely monitoring the situation in collaboration with our health agency partners, and developing action plans should they be required.

While there are a number of cases in Ontario, health officials continue to stress that the risk posed by the Novel Coronavirus is low in our province and region. Yesterday, members of the College executive team participated in an Ontario government call with Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, who explained that more than 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild, and there are currently no community transmissions in the province. 

All classes, placements, operations and College activities continue as scheduled. Should circumstances change, we will respond appropriately under the direction of Public Health, and advise the College community promptly. While community quarantine is unlikely, in the remote event that public health officials introduce social distancing to help stop the spread of the disease, we will use online technologies wherever possible to enable you to continue your education with minimal interruptions. Plans for placements will also be adjusted, as necessary, for completion.

Your health and the safety of our College community are of the utmost importance.

Throughout our campus, you may have noticed a number of preventative measures, introduced for your safety, including:

  • Additional onsite cleaning, with staff wiping down critical touchpoints throughout the day; 
  • Increased number of hand sanitizer stations;
  • Disinfectant wipes in regularly used classrooms and labs;
  • Hand washing guidelines in washrooms throughout campus;
  • Well stocked critical cleaning products such as wipes, replacement hand sanitizer solution, masks, gloves, and soap; and
  • Regularly updated Loyalist awareness campaign, with information also available in the ‘announcements’ section of your myloyalist.com student portal.

I understand that as this situation unfolds in the media, concerns for your health and the health of your loved ones may lead to a wide range of thoughts and feelings, such as stress and anxiety. I encourage you to seek accurate information and stay connected – but consider setting limits around social media and news. Remember, we are here to help and, if needed, the College offers free, short-term, confidential counselling services

Maintaining your day-to-day activities and routine is recommended, unless you are feeling unwell. To prevent contracting or spreading illness, please follow these best practices:

  • Stay home if you are sick, or if those with whom you live are sick, and avoid contact with other people until symptoms are gone;
  • Wash your hands frequently;
  • Get your influenza vaccine, if you have not already;
  • Cough and sneeze into the bend of your arm, not into your hand;
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes with your hands;
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch objects and surfaces, such as doorknobs, phones and television remotes;
  • Eat healthy foods and stay physically active to keep your immune system strong;
  • Get plenty of rest and sleep; and
  • Do not share water bottles, straws, eating utensils, toothbrushes, or anything else that has been in contact with saliva.

If you have flu-like or cold symptoms that persist, please wear a facemask and take the following direction:

  • If you are off campus, contact your health care provider. 
  • If you are on campus, stay where you are, and phone the Loyalist Student Health Centre at 613-969-1913, ext. 2374. If the Centre is closed, call campus Security.
  • In the event of an emergency, contact 911 or go to the nearest hospital.

Please assess your personal health and connect with the appropriate health care provider listed below:

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Health Care Provider, Walk-In Clinic or Loyalist Student Health Centre

  • If you have a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, and have not recently travelled to one of the countries that have a travel health notice for COVID-19, seek medical care through your health care provider, walk-in clinic or the Loyalist Student Health Centre.
  • The Loyalist Student Health Centre (Room 1H7) is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. To make an appointment with a nurse or physician, please call 613-969-1913, ext. 2374 or email healthcentre@loyalistcollege.com. If you require support after hours, (Monday to Friday, after 4:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday) please visit the Bayview Medical Clinic – After Hours Walk-In Clinic (274 Dundas Street East, Belleville).

Quinte Health Care

  • Visit a Quinte Health Care emergency department (ED) if you have severe symptoms of respiratory illness such as difficulty breathing or shortness of breath when doing very little.
    • If you are seeking medical attention while at Quinte Health Care and are experiencing respiratory symptoms, put on a mask as soon as you arrive to help protect others.
    • If you are visiting the ED, advise health care providers of recent travel history immediately upon arrival.

24/7 Help by Phone

  • Receive medical advice through Telehealth by phoning 1-866-797-0000.

If you are planning to travel, please consult the Government of Canada website for travel advice and advisories related to COVID-19.  Some countries have implemented travel bans.

Those who have recently travelled from affected areas, including Hubei Province, China and Iran, should self-quarantine for two weeks immediately upon their return. Individuals who experience fever, cough or difficulty breathing should report their symptoms to their health care provider, Telehealth Ontario (available 24/7) at 1-866-797-0000, or local public health for further direction, and notify Student Health Services.

Loyalist has cancelled all College-sanctioned employee and student travel for destinations that have been identified by the Government of Canada as affected by COVID-19.

The College will continue to follow direction of public health agencies in implementing further measures and determining next steps, as required. Since January, a working group of College employees and students have been meeting to monitor and discuss the evolving situation to ensure the College is well positioned to institute further measures and, if necessary, based on a well-developed Pandemic Plan (OHS-009).

Your well-being is a top priority and we encourage you to connect with your program faculty and Student Success team if you have any questions as they pertain to your studies or well-being.

Thank you,

Ann Marie Vaughan
President & CEO
Loyalist College


SUBJECT:    2019 Novel Coronavirus
DATE:          January 29, 2020

Dear students,

We are reaching out to you today to address concerns regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The health and safety of our Loyalist College community is of the utmost importance and our health care teams are working with local, provincial and federal health agencies to stay up-to-date. 

Yesterday afternoon the College participated in a Colleges Ontario teleconference hosted by Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province of Ontario. Dr. Williams provided a verbal update on the emerging issue of the 2019 novel coronavirus and confirmed that we remain a low-risk area. He also advised citizens to be consistent in taking precautions.

Currently, there are no reported cases of the virus in our area and the assessed risk to Canadians overall is low. 

As such, all classes, placements, operations and College activities will continue as scheduled. Should circumstances change, we will take appropriate action under the direction of Public Health, and advise the College community promptly. 

We have implemented an awareness campaign to help the campus community be mindful of precautionary practices; introduced additional cleaning protocols in high-touch areas; and enhanced patient surveillance in the Loyalist Student Health Centre in accordance with public health requirements. 

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is in continuous contact with Public Health Ontario and the Ministry of Health to monitor the situation. They are working proactively with local health care providers, hospitals and schools to prepare for any potential cases, and to protect our community. They have launched a web page dedicated to providing updates about the virus and are committed to providing up-to-date information and guidance as soon as it becomes available.

Thank you in advance for contributing to our safe and healthy campus.

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President & CEO
Loyalist College


News Releases & Updates

February 23, 2020
Ontario Confirms Presumptive Case of COVID-19
All Protocols Followed and Risk to Ontarians Remains Low
Ministry of Health


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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