As we all know, the COVID-19 virus outbreak has resulted in an unprecedented shift in our day-to-day lives. As your official student association, CSI wants to want to make sure you have as many resources as possible to stay safe and stay informed as the situation evolves.
The state of Conestoga Students Inc and Conestoga College:
The student experience is always the priority of CSI and this includes our student’s health and safety. To prioritize your health and safety and reduce the risk of the transmission of germs and viruses including COVID-19, all in-person CSI events are cancelled, and in-person CSI Services are closed until further notice. Any tickets that have been purchased have been refunded.
To serve you best during these unprecedented times, we are offering online events and services to support you.
As a result of the Ontario Government’s declaration of a state of emergency on Tuesday, March 17, Conestoga College closed all campuses to students and visitors until further notice. We will keep you up to date with any changes to the College’s response plan on this web page
Check here for major updates on the state of affairs in Ontario, as well as announcements issued from Conestoga College.
Ontario Orders the Mandatory Closure of All Non-Essential Workplaces to Fight Spread of COVID-19 Ontario Government, March 23
A message from Conestoga President John Tibbits Conestoga College, March 23
Student access to campus Conestoga College, March 18
All Conestoga campuses closed Conestoga College, March 17
Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public Ontario Government, March 17
All on-campus classes suspended Conestoga College, March 15
Frequently asked questions:
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms have included:
- difficulty breathing
- pneumonia in both lungs
Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu.
How does COVID-19 spread?
Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs. They are most commonly spread from an infected person through:
- respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze
- close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands
Current evidence suggests person-to-person spread is efficient when there is close contact.
What should I do if I think I am infected with COVID-19?
If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use the self-assessment set up by the Ontario Government below to help determine if you need to seek further care.
Please do not attempt to go to the emergency room or a clinic if you aren’t sure if you have the virus, or if you are exhibiting minor symptoms. You will very likely be turned away. Read more about what you should do if you think you have contracted COVID-19 at the link below.
COVID-19 Self Assessment
What are some preventative measures I can take to avoid getting infected with the virus?
At this time, there is no vaccine for COVID-19 or any natural health products that are authorized to protect against it.
There are some practices prescribed by the Canadian government to help prevent the spread of the virus:
- avoiding non-essential gatherings
- avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
- avoiding crowded places such as concerts, arenas, conferences and festivals
- limiting contact with people at higher risk like older adults and those in poor health
- keeping a distance of at least 2 arms-length (approximately 2 metres) from others
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What coverage does my student Plan provide for the treatment of COVID-19?
Should you contract the virus and require medical care in your province of residence in Canada, in most cases coverage for such expenses would fall under your provincial or other primary health-care plan. Our partners at Studentcare have assembled more detailed information about the extended health plan as it relates to travel and out of country coverage.
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If you are an international student, your CIHIP coverage will cover the cost of your doctor’s visit and lab work.