COVID-19 is a viral infectious disease that can vary in severity, with some individuals having no, or very mild symptoms, others may develop respiratory symptoms, including pneumonia, and some may develop severe and life threatening multi-system disease. COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), meaning it is circulating globally, and there is little to no population immunity to the disease. Most people who are infected with COVID-19 will have a mild illness and will recover on their own. Some people who have more severe cases of COVID-19 will require care from a health care provider or hospitalization. COVID-19 may be diagnosed by a health care provider based on signs and symptoms, and/or confirmed through laboratory tests.
For more information about COVID-19 and its signs and symptoms, consult the Government of Canada’s website at www.canada.ca/coronavirus.
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Canadian Imperial College follows the Government of Canada’s guidelines and relevent public health orders.
For more information on up-to-date details and requirements:
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Canadian Imperial College has launched the ‘COVID-19 Relaunch Strategy’ in order to ensure a safe environment for all employees, faculty, staff, students and visitors.
If you have any these symptoms you are legally required to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer:
- Cough (new cough or worsening chronic cough)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (new or worsening)
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
If you have any of these other symptoms, stay home and minimize your contact with others until your symptoms resolve:
- Painful swallowing
- Stuffy nose
- Muscle or joint aches
- Feeling unwell, fatigue or severe exhaustion
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite)
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye
Public Health Orders
- Minimum mandatory 10-day isolation for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and people with symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat.
- COVID-19 orders and legislation
Two metre distance between individuals.
- Placing barriers or partitions between attendees.
- Ensuring the two metre distance between students by removing seats and tables.
- Placing barriers or partitions between attendees.
- Removing seats from waiting areas, lunch rooms and dining areas.
- Closing toilets or urinals that are less than 2 metres apart.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
PPE controls are the last level of defense and will be used with other controls. PPE is dependent on the type of activity and the risk of exposure to COVID-19. PPE will be necessary when the physical distancing of 2 metres or physical barriers cannot be maintained by administrative and engineering controls.
Face coverings and non-medical masks:
- Are required during work activities that require 2 or more people to come within 6 feet of one another and other controls are not in place.
- When you interact with members of the general public where physical distancing is not feasible (City of Edmonton Bylaw).
- Hand hygiene to be performed before putting on and after taking off the mask.
- Upon entering Canadian Imperial College, individuals will be required to sanatize hands.
Individuals with Symptoms
- You are legally required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition.
- The mandatory isolation period is 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer.
Tested Positive for COVID-19
- You are legally required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days if you have tested positive for COVID-19.
- Isolation period is for 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer.
Have sympyoms but tested negative for COVID-19
- If you tested negative and have no known exposure to the virus, you are not legally required to isolate. However, it is important to stay home until your symptoms resolve so that you do not infect others.
- If you become sick with cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat during this time, you must isolate for an additional 10 days from the beginning of symptoms or until you are feeling well, whichever takes longer.
Daily Inital Screening
If an indivual answers ‘yes’ to any of the questions, in the Daily Checklist, they will NOT BE ALLOWED to attend or enter the facilities.
Responding to illness
Any individual experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition is required by law to follow Alberta’s isolation requirements.
All attendees at Canadian Imperial College should be familiar with and follow the institution’s rapid response plan if they start to feel sick while onsite. This should include:
- Immediately isolating the attendee from others.
- Cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces that may have come into contact with the symptomatic attendee.
- Requiring hand hygiene and masking of the attendee.
- The attendee must isolate as soon as possible.
Staff, students, and others should be reminded that anyone who starts to experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 while onsite or staying in residence must immediately isolate at home or in residence.
Symptomatic individuals should be directed to use AHS’ COVID-19 Self-Assessment or contact 811 for screening and testing, and notify Canadian Imperial College or residence.
Restrictions Exemption Program
As of September 20, 2021; businesses that implement the restrictions exemption program using government proof of vaccination could immediately provide service to fully vaccinated patrons without any restrictions, such as wearing a mask or having to physically distance.
Businesses that implement the Restrictions Exemption Program can operate as usual if they only serve people ages 12 and over if they have:
- proof of vaccination
- single dose accepted between September 20 and October 25 if received 2 weeks before time of service
- double doses required after October 25
- documentation of a medical exemption
- proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test within 72 hours of service (tests from AHS or Alberta Precision Laboratories not allowed)
The safe arrival and stay of International Students at Canadian Imperial College.
01. Before leaving your country
Any international student with COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to board their flight to Canada. If symptoms occur upon arrival, a health assessment will be performed by a Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Officer and the individual may not be allowed to enter Canada, or if necessary, the individual may be transported to a hospital for a medical examination. Among other requirements to be granted entry to Canada, an international student will be required to demonstrate to a Border Services Officer, or PHAC Officer, that they have a suitable plan for quarantine in place; otherwise, they may be refused entry. Any international student who is found to be in violation of the mandatory 14-day quarantine period may be penalized under Canadian law.
International Students are required to undergo the necessary health checks and MUST wear a non-medical mask or face covering during travel.
02. Arriving in Canada
International Students entering Canada will require a PLAN for Quarantining for at least 14 days in advance to thier first day of thier program of study.
Student Responsibility: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure there are appropriate arrangements in place for their quarantine, which includes physical distancing from others, and avoiding contact with vulnerable people such as people 65 years or older, or people with underlying medical conditions. Public living areas should be avoided. As such, hostels and residences with shared living accommodations are not acceptable for quarantine or isolation.
CIC Responsibility: CIC has individualized plans in place to provide necessary information and support to International Students in order to help them understand and manage current health restrictions and guidance. CIC also has support resources and orientation information to familliarize our students with their new community, including information on how to comply with public health safety requirements.
03. International Student Resources
CIC will provide the following support to our international students during isolation/quarantine and throughout their stay, including:
- welcoming international students;
- transportation to a suitable residence upon arrival;
- material supports for isolating/quarantining;
- establishing systems for monitoring student health and enforcing isolation/quarantine requirements;
- wrap-around supports; and
- providing ongoing monitoring of the students’ health and safety once isolation/quarantine is complete.