Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates – Vancouver Campus

[Updated March 20, 2020 – 2 p.m.]

As we continue to monitor the latest COVID-19 situation, NYIT Vancouver continues to follow the directions outlined by the BC Provincial and Federal Government to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We are doing our part to maintain social distancing and we are taking actions to reduce the need for people to come into our office.

As such, effective March 23rd, NYIT Vancouver campuses will be closed to students - all administrative support will continue to be available via phone and email; Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All remote learning classes will continue.

We continue to encourage students to stay home in compliance with the latest social distancing protocols. The latest instructions regarding remote learning will come from your program Deans. Our goal is to provide you with as much information as we can and to make decisions in the best interest of our community. Things are quickly changing each day. This is a situation like no other and we will continue to provide you with information as it becomes available to us.

Should you have any questions, please contact us by email or by phone, our faculty and staff are committed to supporting you during these unprecedented times. Please check your email and our social media channels for regular updates.

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[Updated March 17, 2020 – 4 p.m.]

Please note that effective March 18, the campus will reduce operations and be open between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

On Friday, March 20th, NYIT Vancouver will have Administration support access by email only.

Please note that at anytime, these hours may be adjusted.

We request our students to communicate with a specific department via e-mails rather than phone calls. The computer lab will stay open for those who wish to use it.

In addition, we will not be accepting bank drafts as a form of payment beyond March 20th. After that time, all payments must be made online through Flywire or TransferMate


[Updated March 14, 2020 – 11 p.m.]

NYIT Vancouver campus will be moving to 100% online instruction effective Monday, March 16th, until further notice.

New York Tech Vancouver’s top priority is the safety and well-being of our extended community. In light of COVID-19 being assessed as a pandemic by the World Health Organization and advice provided by the Provincial Health Officer and the Ministry of Advanced Education, NYIT Vancouver's leadership recognizes the need to ensure we are doing everything we can to help contain and slow the spread of the coronavirus. It is for this reason that we will be moving to 100% online instruction effective Monday, March 16th.

Our community has not experienced any COVID-19 cases, but we understand the importance of responding to the government’s direction of social distancing.

Until further notice, students are not required to be on campus.

The majority of our faculty is prepared for online course delivery; however, if additional time is necessary for technical set up, some classes may be postponed. All faculty will notify their students directly with instructions for connecting online or with information about class postponements.

Online participation in the program remains a critical component of education and instructors will be taking attendance for all online classes.

NYIT Vancouver campus will remain open, and staff and faculty will be available.


[Updated March 13, 2020 – 9:30 a.m.]

At this time, all Vancouver classes will continue as outlined in the campus calendar and course syllabi.

The Vancouver administration is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and is making provisions for instructional delivery to include synchronous Zoom participation. Attendance/participation will continue to be required at all regularly scheduled class times, either face-to-face or remotely.

Please note that all official Vancouver updates will be distributed by your program Dean or by the New York Tech Vancouver Administration office.


New York Institute of Technology – Vancouver (NYIT) continues to closely monitor reports on COVID 19 from the BC Centre for Disease Control. The safety and well-being of the New York Tech community is our No. 1 priority, and our team of administrators are meeting daily to ensure that the university is informed and prepared for any circumstances.

At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with the virus as “low for Canada.”

The BC Centre for Disease Control advises the following:

  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been to Hubei, China and Iran should stay home or self-isolate in their residence/room alone for 14 days, immediately on their return. They should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).
  • If someone living in your household returns from Iran or any other high-risk country, everyone in the household needs to self-quarantine for 14 days. 
  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been laboratory tested for COVID-19 should stay home or self-isolate in their residence/room alone, until their test results are known.
  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 by laboratory testing should stay home or self-isolate in their residence/room alone for 14 days after their last encounter. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).
  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been in other parts of the world where COVID-19 cases have been reported should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing) for 14 days. They do not need to self-isolate.

Those who develop symptoms during the 14-day monitoring period should immediately self-isolate (stay in a room that is not shared with anyone else) and call their healthcare provider or the provincial health line at 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up.

More information on self-isolation

Precautions

We must all remain vigilant to assure that any possible transmission is limited. Therefore, it is recommended that “Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.” Other symptoms include cough, sneezing, and shortness of breath.

These recommendations apply to all students as well: Students with a fever should notify their instructors via phone, email, or text messages that they are not feeling well and determine how the material missed in a class can be made up or substituted.

Given that it is likely that we will eventually have more transmission within the Canada, we should all develop better personal hygiene habits. Everyone should continue to follow general precautions to avoid becoming infected or spreading the virus include by:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoiding travelling and contact with others if you are sick.
This video describes good handwashing technique

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At New York Tech we use Blackboard Connect Emergency Notification System. This system can notify you in cases of campus closures due to weather or other emergency situations.  Due to privacy laws in Canada, you must opt in to receive these text messages on your mobile phone. Please go into Manage my Alerts and update your profile with your latest address and mobile number. You will receive a text message asking you to confirm you wish to receive these messages in the future from New York Tech. Please follow the instructions in the text message to opt-in.

This service is designed to alert you of emergencies such as sudden campus closures, health updates, and other emergency notifications.

Resources

For the latest government travel advisories related to COVID-19

See the following sites for more information:

Public Health Agency of Canada BC Centre for Disease Control World Health Organization

New York Institute of Technology - Vancouver, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions


How high is the risk of contracting the Coronavirus disease, COVID-19, in Vancouver and British Columbia?

BC Centre for Disease Control advises that the risk to British Columbians continues to be low. More information and the most up to date information can be found on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.



Are any New York Tech Vancouver students, faculty or staff reported to be confirmed cases?

We are currently not aware of any cases amongst our students, faculty and staff, both within BC or abroad. In the event of a confirmed case, information would be provided to the public by the relevant health agency, according to their protocols.



What are the symptoms of the Coronavirus disease COVID-19?

Information on the prevention, transmission, symptoms, and treatment of COVID-19 can be found at the Government of Canada website Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).



What precautions can I take to stay healthy and prevent the spread of infections?

The advice from health agencies is:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • If a sink is not available, 60-90% alcohol-based hand rubs (hand sanitizer) can be used to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled. Hand sanitizer has been placed in all classrooms and in each department around the campus. If hands are visibly soiled, you can use an alcohol-based disposable hand wipe to remove the dirt and then use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Do not touch your eyes/nose/mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow, and then wash your hands.
  • Stay home when you are ill to avoid spreading the illness to others.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with an infection.


What is New York Tech doing to minimize the risk of infection to students, faculty and staff?

New York Tech is developing plans and responses to the evolving situation. The university is also working hard to ensure that students, faculty and staff receive reliable and up-to-date information on preventive measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19. We have increased the distribution of hand sanitizers around campus and posted information to remind people of how to reduce the spread of infections.



Should students, faculty, staff or visitors who have travelled to affected areas remain at home for a period of time, after returning to Canada?

It is important for all travellers to monitor their health when they return to Canada. Canada and BC have just announced increased screening for people from Iran. Anyone travelling from Iran will be asked to contact their local public health authority within 24 hours of arrival and to self-isolate at home for 14 days.

New York Tech Student Services will be reaching out to students arriving for the Summer 2020 term from affected countries with more details about how this could affect their term start and precautions to take.

The Office of the Provincial Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control advises:

  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors returning from Hubei Province, China stay home or self-isolate in their room alone for 14 days after they leave Hubei. They should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).
  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 by laboratory testing should stay home or self-isolate in their room alone for 14 days after their last encounter. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).
  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been in other parts of mainland China (outside Hubei Province) and other parts of the world (Iran, Northern Italy) where cases have been reported should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing) for 14 days after they leave. They do not need to self-isolate.

Those who develop symptoms during the 14-day monitoring period should immediately self-isolate (stay in a room that is not shared with anyone else) and call their health-care provider or the provincial health line 8-1-1 to discuss the need for testing and follow up.

More information on self-isolation


What should I do if students or colleagues shows symptoms of COVID-19?

Anyone concerned that they, or someone they have been exposed to, may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their health-care provider or call public health at 8-1-1. For more information and the latest updates, visit the BC Center for  http://www.bccdc.ca



What if a student can’t attend classes due to a travel ban or other reasons related to COVID-19 in their home country?

Students can defer their start of their studies to a later term. The next terms starts in September 2020.



Is New York Tech distributing masks for people to wear to prevent the spread of infection?

New York Tech is not distributing masks. Some members of our community may opt to wear masks, and we fully support their right to do so. We ask everyone to be respectful of students, faculty and staff who choose to wear masks.



I have cold/flu symptoms, but I haven’t travelled to a COVID-19 affected area. What should I do?

Information is available at HealthLink BC including advice on how best to treat cold/flu symptoms.



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