Coronavirus Updates and Information

February 25, 2020: Office of the Provincial Health Officer and BC Centre for Disease Control Recommendations Regarding 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

These two authorities have provided  recommendations for post-secondary institutions on dealing with the challenges associated with COVID-19. Much of it has to do with self-isolation, so please read and familiarize yourself with this information. 

February 14, 2020: VIU implementing travel restrictions to China due to coronavirus

VIU is closely monitoring global developments of the coronavirus and making institutional adjustments to policies and procedures as required. As travel is now being affected on a global scale, Global Affairs Canada has implemented a travel advisory to China for Canadians, which is now affecting VIU’s travel and international health insurance for China.

In light of this, VIU is implementing travel restrictions for all VIU-sanctioned travel to China. No VIU-sanctioned travel to China will be allowed until further notice. The main reason for this change is the health risk associated with COVID-19 infection. In addition, VIU’s international insurance provider will no longer provide some specific coverage given that COVID-19 is now deemed a “known risk”. So it is no longer possible to provide adequate coverage for our students and employees while they are in the country.

We also strongly recommend that VIU employees and students follow the recommendations of Global Affairs Canada and delay any personal travel to China until the restriction is lifted.

We understand these restrictions may cause challenges for some of our community members, but we need to balance those challenges with the priority of ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees.

We encourage anyone feeling impacted by this situation to access supports. Counselling and other services for students are provided in VIU’s Student Affairs (Building 200, third floor) as well as by International Student Services in the Faculty of International Education (Building 255). You can also access other resources in the community such as the 24-Hour Crisis Line that has text, chat and phone support. Employees can access supports at any time through Homewood Health by calling toll-free at 1-800-663-1142.

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