COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) Information

Keyano College is closely monitoring COVID-19 and is following the advice of Alberta Health Services and other reliable agencies as the situation evolves. Please note, this webpage will be updated regularly as part of the effort to keep you informed with the most accurate and up-to-date information, but due to rapidly changing situations, events sometime outpace us. 

The Coronavirus situation is changing quickly which can result in misinformation being shared. Below are a number of resources from AHS, Government of Alberta, and other trusted sources to help you stayed informed.

News Updates

Keyano News
Provincial Government News

Enhanced cleaning procedures

Enhanced cleaning procedures are being undertaken throughout the college, and a new disinfecting cleaning solution is being used. Information on the cleaning solution is available here: Safety Data Sheet 

For a demonstration of the equipment please view this YouTube video.

What is COVID-19 

Coronavirus can cause respiratory illness in people, ranging from mild common colds to severe illnesses. Symptoms are similar to influenza and include fever, cough, extreme tiredness, and difficulty breathing. In some cases, COVID-19 can cause more severe symptoms.

Studies suggest that the virus generally only lasts a few hours on a surface, though it may be possible for it to last several days under ideal conditions. While there is person-to-person spread, current evidence indicates the virus is not airborne through long distances or times.

What Keyano is Doing

Keyano College has formed an internal response team to prepare for operational contingencies. Additional prevention measures are being taken, including enhanced cleaning procedures for all offices and common areas within the College.

On March 15, the College followed the direction of Alberta Health Services and cancelled all face-to-face classes. Four days later, blended delivery of courses began. The College transitioned each course, where feasible, by building pathways for learning using virtual tools.

College administrators report the transition has proceeded well.

The College has also launched the SchoolMessenger system to directly and effectively communicate with employees, students, and lease holders.

Prevention

To protect yourself and others, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer is asking Albertans to:

  • use good hygiene practices, such as frequent handwashing
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sneeze or cough into your elbow 
  • dispose of tissues properly
  • avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • clean frequently touched surfaces regularly
  • stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
  • contact your primary health provider or Health Link 811 if you have questions or concerns about your health

AHS Advice 

If you have COVID-19 symptoms and have travelled outside Canada or were exposed to someone who has the virus, stay home and call Health Link 811 for instructions. 

Do not go to a health care facility without consulting 811 first.

For up-to-date information on the situation within Alberta, visit the Government of Alberta's or Alberta Health Services websites.

GoA COVID-19 Information AHS COVID-19 Information

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