Western remains open

February 10, 2020 11:30 AM

Western continues to monitor the ongoing situation with Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and takes its direction and shares information from federal, provincial and local health authorities.

At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with 2019-nCoV in Wuhan, China as low for Canada. As such, the University remains open and classes are continuing as normal.

Important facts from the Middlesex-London Health Unit

On February 10, the University received the following update from the  Middlesex-London Health Unit

If you have travelled to Hubei Province within the last 14 days:

  • Once you’ve returned to Canada, self-isolate at home and contact the Middlesex-London Health Unit’s Infectious Disease Control Team, at 519-663-5317 within 24 hours of your arrival. To self-isolate means staying home from work, classes and all other activities for 14 days from the date you left Hubei Province.
  • Please follow these guidelines whether, or not you have respiratory symptoms such as fever, coughing or difficulty breathing.
  • If your symptoms are severe, seek medical care immediately.

If you have travelled to any other area of mainland China within the last 14 days:

  • Monitor yourself for the development of respiratory symptoms that include fever, coughing or difficulty breathing.
  • If these symptoms develop within 14 days of leaving mainland China self-isolate and contact the Middlesex-London Health Unit’s Infectious Disease Control Team immediately, at 519-663-5317 and advise staff there of your travel history and symptoms.
  • To self-isolate means staying home from work, classes and all other activities.
  • If your symptoms are severe, seek medical care immediately.

The risk of 2019-nCoV to London residents remains low. The Health Unit continues to monitor the situation actively, in collaboration with provincial and national health agencies, as well as stakeholders, including local hospitals and community agencies.