COVID19 – Fleming Safe

What is a Coronavirus?

CoronavirusCoronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory infections like bronchitis, pneumonia or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre.

Some human coronaviruses spread easily between people, while others do not.

Your risk of severe disease may be higher if you have a weakened immune system. This may be the case for:

  • older people
  • people with chronic disease (for example, diabetes, cancer, heart, renal or chronic lung disease)

Symptoms of COVID-19 and its variants range from mild — like the flu and other common respiratory infections — to severe. If you feel sick, it’s important that you stay home and talk with a primary care provider or doctor if necessary.

If you have the symptoms of COVID-19 listed below, assume that you may have the virus and may be contagious.

  • Any one or more of:
    • fever or chills
    • cough
    • shortness of breath
    • decreased or loss of taste or smell
  • Any two or more of:
    • runny nose or nasal congestion
    • headache
    • extreme fatigue
    • sore throat
    • muscle aches or joint pain
    • gastrointestinal symptoms (such as vomiting or diarrhea)

COVID-19 is the illness caused by the Sars-Covid 2 virus. The first presumptive case of this infection in Ontario was identified on January 25, 2020.

Fleming Safe Health & Safety Guideline

Fleming College is committed to providing a safe and healthy work and learning environment for all staff, faculty and students.  All academic planning decisions will be guided by the health and safety protocols set forth by Federal, Provincial and local public health authorities. Current guidelines suggest practicing good hand hygiene, wearing a mask if required or if you feel it is right for you, staying home when you are sick, and staying up to date on your vaccinations.

COVID-19 vaccinations and proof of vaccinations are not required on Fleming College campuses at this time. Campus employees, students, and visitors are encouraged to stay up to date with their vaccinations.

Face coverings are not required to be worn at this time in most areas. Certain instructional areas or settings such as health services may still require a procedural mask or another medical-grade mask to be worn. Procedural masks remain available at main entrances at all campuses.

COVID-19 screening is not required to access Fleming College campuses at this time. Campus employees, students, and visitors are encouraged to complete the Fleming College Safe App screening or complete the provincial COVID-19 self assessment before attending campuses.

If You Are Sick

If you are sick, stay home to prevent transmission to others, except to seek testing or medical care if required.

You should stay home until all of the following apply to you:

  • your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours if you had nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea)  
  • you do not have a fever
  • you do not develop any additional symptoms

When your symptoms are improving and you are no longer isolating at home, doing the following can provide extra protection against the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses circulating in the community.

For 10 days after your symptoms started:

  • wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings
  • avoid non-essential activities where you need to take off your mask (for example, dining out)
  • avoid non-essential visits to anyone who is immunocompromised or may be at higher risk of illness (for example, seniors)
  • avoid non-essential visits to highest risk settings in the community such as hospitals and long-term care homes

Additional Precautions

If any of the following apply to you, you should take the additional precautions listed below:

  • your COVID-19 symptoms have been improving and you are no longer isolating at home
  • you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 but have no symptoms
  • you tested positive for COVID-19 but have no symptoms

For 10 days after your symptoms started, last day of exposure, or positive test result:

  • self-monitor for new or worsening symptoms
  • seek testing (if eligible) if you develop any new or different symptoms
  • wear a well-fitted mask as much as possible in all public settings, unless:
    • you are temporarily removing it for essential activities (such as when eating in shared space at school/work) while still maintaining as much distancing from others as possible
    • you are unable to mask (such as children under two years of age)
  • avoid non-essential activities where you need to take off your mask (for example, playing a wind instrument, sports that require removing your mask, dining out)
  • avoid visiting anyone who is immunocompromised or may be at higher risk of illness (for example, seniors)
  • avoid non-essential visits to highest risk settings, such as hospitals and long-term care homes

Updated information requires the continual review and revision of protocols to ensure adherence to guidance documents and /or local, provincial and federal public health advice, ministry directives and sector-specific requirements. 

In order to support safe work and learning practices, the College will work with all stakeholders, including our Joint Health and Safety Committees, to develop COVID related return to work protocols and training modules for employees and students.  

Fleming HS COVID-19 Guideline

COVID Management Pinchin Safety Letter, October 13 2020

Fleming College COVID-19 Resources FAQs and Updates

Ontario public health measures and advice