There are currently no cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at any University of Guelph campuses or research stations and the University is continuing to monitor developments relating to the outbreak.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada.

The University’s COVID-19 webpage has updates, answers to frequently asked questions and general information about the illness. This page will be updated as new information is available.

The University has a pandemic plan and is in the process of developing continuity plans should an outbreak occur locally.

U of G’s emergency operations committee is meeting regularly to assess the situation and adjust plans as needed. The committee, which includes a representative from Guelph-Wellington-Dufferin Public Health, is focused on plans for providing support for those affected, ensuring academic and business continuity as well as keeping the University community informed of updates.

The University is reminding people to stay home if they are not feeling well and to avoid interaction with others.

The COVID-19 webpage explains steps to take if you have recently travelled to an area where the coronavirus is prevalent. You can help stop the spread of viruses by:

•    Washing your hands often with soap and water

•    Not touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands

•    Not sharing personal items

•    Cleaning hard surfaces in shared spaces with disinfectant

•    Avoiding close contact with people who are sick

Faculty and staff with flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough and difficulty breathing, should contact their health care providers. Students with symptoms should contact Student Health Services at 519-824-4120, Ext. 52131.