Updated: March 27, 2020.
Please view the information and resources on this page for Fanshawe's updates relating to COVID-19.
News: Fanshawe contributes to fight against COVID-19:
- Fanshawe Donates Medical Supplies to Woodstock Hospital
- Respiratory Therapy Students to Work With COVID-19 Patients
- Fanshawe Responds to PPE Shortage
Updated: March 19, 2020.
Message from Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU):
Updated: March 17, 2020.
Fanshawe closes campuses
To help reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our students, staff and communities, Fanshawe campuses will be closed as of 11:59 p.m. March 17, 2020. Other updates that have been provided to students and staff include:
- Student support services are moving to virtual delivery (online or by phone) only. As of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, there will be no on-site services until further notice. A list of virtual services and contact points has been posted to our website.
- All athletics and recreation facilities, including the Student Wellness Centre were closed as of 4:30 p.m,. Monday, March 16, 2020.
- Students have been advised to avoid large groups and social gatherings.
- Students living in residence are encouraged to return home if possible. Reduced food service options are still available for students who must stay in residence.
- Students will begin online learning where possible starting Monday, March 23, 2020.
Updates are being provided daily on our COVID-19 information website.
Updated: March 15, 2020, 5 p.m.
Message from Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU):
Note that MLHU recommends using the Ontario Ministry of Health's online self-assessment tool.
Updated: March 13, 2020, 2:45 p.m.
The College has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation and has been working closely with the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) and the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities. The health and safety of our students and staff is our priority. We know the current situation may cause stress and uncertainty. Based on the information we have today, we have made the following decisions:
- Fanshawe is cancelling all classes for the week of March 16 to 20, 2020. This break will allow us to further evaluate the situation and provide faculty and staff time to develop alternative ways of delivering course content. Apprenticeship and dual credit classes at Fanshawe are also cancelled.
- Our intent is to have as much learning as possible through online classes starting March 23, 2020. In-person classes will resume in alignment with the elementary and secondary schools, currently scheduled for April 6, 2020. More information about alternative class arrangements will be communicated by Thursday, March 19, 2020.
- We encourage students to continue their studies and assignments independently during the week of March 16 to 20, 2020.
More detailed information about these changes will be available on this COVID-19 web page (www.fanshawec.ca/covid-19).
The College has a great number of services and programs to support our students and we encourage them to access those services at any time. We appreciate your patience as we work through these challenging times.
Important facts from the Middlesex-London Health Unit
On February 27, the College received the following directive from the Middlesex-London Health Unit:
The updated provincial case definition for a person under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 is as follows:
A person with fever and/or onset of cough or difficulty breathing AND any of the following within 14 days prior to illness onset:
- Travel to an affected area
- Close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19
- Close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has been to an affected area.
Any individual who meets this case definition should be tested for COVID-19. Contact the Health Unit at 519-663-5317 and ask to speak to the Infectious Disease Control team to facilitate assessment and testing.
If you have any of the conditions above, stay home and do not go to work, school or other public areas until you are no longer sick. If it is necessary to go out while you are ill (for example, to attend a medical appointment), please wear a surgical mask over your nose and mouth, and use a private vehicle for any necessary travel.
If you experience severe symptoms such as chest pains or shortness of breath, call 9-1-1 immediately or visit your nearest hospital emergency department.
How to protect yourself
From the Ontario Ministry of Health:
To reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses, including coronaviruses, you should follow usual health precautions such as:
- Washing your hands often;
- Avoiding contact with people who are sick;
- Practising proper cough and sneeze etiquette.
Canadian travel advisory - March 2, 2020:
Before travelling out of the country, please review the Government of Canada's Travel Advice and Advisories.
Health information updates
For up-to-date information about Novel Coronavirus, please visit these sites:
- Ontario Ministry of Health
- Middlesex-London Health Unit
- South West Public Health
St. Thomas site – 519-631-9900
Woodstock Site – 519-421-9901
- Huron Perth Public Health
For further information, please visit Fanshawe's media contact page.
Shortcut to this page: https://www.fanshawec.ca/covid19.