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January 30, 2020
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Information about Coronavirus

Lakehead University is closely monitoring developments regarding the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and believes it is important to understand the facts about this new strain of coronavirus.

While this new strain of coronavirus is believed to have originated in the Province of Hubei, China, the situation is a global concern that can affect any group of people.

We want our University community to be properly informed so we can act appropriately and come together and support each other.

At this time, our thoughts are with students, faculty and staff who may have family or friends directly affected by the situation.

Please be reminded that October to March of any year is cold and flu season. As is always good practice during this time of the year, wash your hands frequently, stay home when sick, and exercise proper cough and sneeze etiquette to prevent the spread of any illness.

Information shared by Public Health Ontario about the coronavirus states that the risk to Ontarians is considered low, and there are no confirmed cases in Thunder Bay or Orillia at this time.

Health Canada has created an Information Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions web page to inform Canadians about the coronavirus, including:

  • symptoms to watch for,
  • how it may be contracted,
  • how you can protect yourself, and
  • precautions one can take while travelling.

If you believe you have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms, please contact:

  • your local Health Unit — Thunder Bay (807) 625-5900; Orillia (705) 721-7520

  • Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) , or

  • your Primary Care Provider.

Tell them your symptoms and your travel history and they will provide advice on what you should do.

Lake Tamblyn

Due to the recent warm weather, Security Services advises all University staff, faculty and students to stay off the ice on Lake Tamblyn and the portion of the McIntyre River that weaves through our campus.

When the ice is deemed safe for use, we will send an advisory.