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Fanshawe and COVID-19: What you need to know


Angela McInnes and Emily Stewart | Interrobang | News | Last updated: April 3 at 1:40 p.m.



The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) recommends 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for those with a cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath and either travelled outside of Canada, had close contact with someone who either has a confirmed or probable case of virus, or close contact with someone who travelled and had an acute respiratory illness. More local information can be found at healthunit.com/news/novel-coronavirus. For a self-assessment, visit ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus.

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Fanshawe Campuses

April 3 1:40 p.m. update

Based on the Ontario Government's decision to keep schools closed to protect the health and safety of students and staff, Fanshawe College has announced it will also remain closed until at least May 4.

According to the College’s COVID-19 news page, this extension was made on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Fanshawe students will continue their studies online wherever possible with more information to come shortly on plans to complete the in-person classes of the semester. Details on the summer semester plan are being finalized and will be communicated next week. To learn more go to fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/corporate-info/covid-19-info-students.


March 31 2:45 p.m. update

A student living in residence has been hospitalized for testing presumptive positive for COVID-19. This means the case has not been confirmed. Brenda Henry, senior manager of Fanshawe’s environment, health, safety and emergency services told Interrobang that the student did not visit the Student Centre.

Due to privacy concerns, Fanshawe’s communications is unable to release any other specifics regarding the student or other people affected. Those who may have been in close contact with the individual have been notified and are also in self-isolation.


March 30 2:15 p.m. update

Fanshawe has opted to postpone its spring convocation ceremonies until fall 2020.


March 27 2:45 p.m. update

The College has officially completed one week of online and virtual classes as of March 27.


March 26 1:05 p.m. update

The College has updated the FAQ section of its COVID-19 info page to include more information for students in residence. With the exception of those needing to stay in residence, all students will be refunded residence fees from March 13 to the end of the original schedule. To learn more on this and move-out plans, belongings, physical distancing, go to fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/corporate-info/covid-19-faq-students.

Do you have questions about EI or federal funding due to COVID-19? Fanshawe’s Community Services Team has created a helpful YouTube video with info at youtube.com/watch?v=kzoe1xhZwSM&feature=youtu.be


March 25 1:20 p.m. update

Residences will continue to be open for students who are not able to return home. The Oasis will continue to remain open with reduced service at the take-out window. The computer lab in the Alumni Lounge will remain open with physical distancing and sanitizing protocols in place. The Fowler-Kennedy clinic and the Pharmacy remain open.


March 24 2:15 p.m. update

Fanshawe has set up an on-campus computer lab on the second floor of the Student Centre in the Alumni Lounge for students without computer access. It will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Social distancing protocols will be in place at the lab. The College has provided an FAQ at fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/news/information-about-covid-19


March 23 1:45 p.m. update

Where possible, online classes begin at Fanshawe College on March 23. All College campuses remain closed to the public.

Only staff deemed essential will be working. Oasis, Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic, and Campus Security office D1027 are open and students are urged to not come to campus unless it’s for food or for medical reasons. The College’s COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Students web page said the pharmacy at the London (Oxford Street) Campus is still open for students to pick up prescriptions.


March 20 2 p.m. update

All Fanshawe College campuses closed to the public on March 18. Only staff deemed essential will be working. As of writing, only Oasis, Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic, and Campus Security office D1027 are open and students are urged to not come to campus unless it’s for food or for medical reasons.

Fanshawe Student Union (FSU) operations like The Out Back Shack, The Gamesroom, and The Biz Booth shut down on March 17 in the afternoon. Starting March 18, the Oasis runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. to accommodate the students still in residence. All remaining FSU events have been cancelled.

The Student Wellness Centre and its facilities closed March 16 at the end of the day, with Fowler Kennedy staying open to treat only acute or urgent injuries and illnesses.

All library service loans have been extended until Thursday April 9. Find more details about loans at fanshawelibrary.com.

The following student services have moved to online and/or phone service only for the time being:

  • Counselling and Accessibility Services
  • Access Studies, including the Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS), Academic and Career Upgrading (ACE), and Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT)
  • Career Services, along with Community Employment Services in London and Simcoe, Career and Employment Services-St. Thomas/Aylmer, and Co-op services.
  • The Institute of Indigenous Learning
  • The International Centre
  • Leap Junction
  • The Learning Centre
  • Library and Media Services
  • Registrar
  • Test Centre

Academics

April 1 1:05 p.m. update

The Ontario government has announced it will be providing $25 million to colleges and universities to support online exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and has finalized an agreement with the not-for-profit eCampusOntario to do so. The funding will also assist in giving institutions access to deep cleaning, purchasing medical supplies or offering mental health supports.


March 30 2:15 p.m. update

The College has removed the last date to withdraw from courses with no academic penalty. A Winter 2020 withdrawal form is now available for students choosing to withdraw from winter classes. You can find it at forms.fanshawec.ca/withdrawalwinter2020.


March 25 1:20 p.m. update

The College tweeted on March 24 that face-to-face delivery will NOT resume on April 6. Exact details are not yet known, although Fanshawe is working closely with the government and local school boards to determine the best plan to resume face-to-face delivery where required. Students can check their emails for more information.


March 24 2:15 p.m. update

Fanshawe College tweeted that students may withdraw from winter term courses and get a "W" on their transcript. The last date to withdraw with no academic penalty has been removed, however, students are encouraged to give online study a chance. Students can contact their program coordinators with questions or concerns.


March 23 1:45 p.m. update

Online learning, where possible, began on March 23. Students have five weeks to complete their winter semester courses online.

Classes done in-person and cannot be done online are anticipated to begin when the College re-opens. So far, Fanshawe plans to re-open April 6, meaning the winter semester would conclude April 24.

If the College does not open April 6, Fanshawe will plan to have the in-person classes completed within two weeks at a later time. Neither in-person or online classes will have an exam week.


March 20 7:30 p.m. update

Following a week of cancelled classes, Fanshawe College will move as much online learning as possible starting March 23.

Classes entirely switching over to online learning start March 23 and there will be no exam week. Students have five weeks to finish their semester online and will have access to live webinars about using FOL starting next week.

Courses that must be done in-person will run again when the College re-opens at an anticipated date of April 6. There will also not be an exam week and if classes start April 6, the semester would finish on April 24. If the College doesn’t reopen on April 6, the plan is to complete the in-person classes within two weeks from the start date.


March 20 2 p.m. update

Fanshawe cancelled classes for the week of March 16 to 20. The College plans to shift as many classes online as possible beginning March 23.

On March 18, Western University’s University Students Council (USC) joined the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) and the Undergraduates of Canadian Research-Intensive Universities (UCRU) in two open letters to the federal and Ontario provincial governments to freeze student loans.  The open letters were released hours before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response plan, which includes a six-month grace period for Canada Student Loan payments and interest.

London

April 3 1:40 p.m. update

There are 92 total cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit. Eleven cases have been resolved, with the death count remaining at three.


April 2 1:30 p.m. update

There are 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County, bringing the total number of cases to 79, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit. There are nine resolved cases, with the death count remaining at three.

The City of London has issued an advisory urging the public to avoid flushing wipes, food waste, toys, and medicine down the drain. This includes disinfecting wipes, baby wipes, and facial wipes. When garbage is flushed, it can not only damage your home, but could also flood your neighbour’s basement too.

The advisory is in response to a recent increase in sewer backups around the city.


April 1 1:05 p.m. update

There are 14 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County. This brings the total number of cases to 66, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit. The region has eight resolved cases, and three total deaths.


March 31 2:45 p.m. update

The Middlesex-London Health Unit now reports 52 confirmed cases of COVD-19 in London and Middlesex County.

The City of London announced today that it will close off-leash dog parks effective today, March 31.

This includes:

  • Campbell Memorial Park Dog Off-Leash Area - Campbell Memorial Park
  • Caesars Off-Leash Area - 941 Commissioners Road East
  • Greenway Off-Leash Area – Greenway Park
  • Pottersburg-FIDO Off-Leash Area – Pottersburg Park
  • Stoney Creek Off-Leash Area - Stoney Creek Meadow

The City of London is asking dog owners to keep their dogs on-leash in all park areas and to maintain the two-metre physical distancing requirement during the COVID-19 public health emergency. To learn more go to london.ca/newsroom/Pages/Default.aspx.


March 30 2:15 p.m. update

One person has died from COVID-19, while the number of positive cases has reached 36 in the region according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit.

On March 27, the City of London launched an email phone line for citizens to report COVID-19 order violations. The email COVIDOrderConcerns@nulllondon.ca will be monitored 24/7. There is also a phone line (519-661-4660) that will be monitored between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Local COVID-19 orders include limiting gathering numbers to no more than five persons at a time while maintaining a physical distance of at least two metres apart.


March 27 2:45 p.m. update

There are 21 cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County, according to provincial and local health officials. One case involves a man in his 20s who became infected through undetermined means.


March 26 1:05 p.m. update

There are 20 cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit.


March 25 1:20 p.m. update

There are 19 cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County, according to the Middlesex London Health Unit.


March 24 2:15 p.m. update

There are 14 cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County, according to the Middlesex London Health Unit.

The City of London is closing all outside play structures effective March 24. This includes playgrounds, skate parks and multi-use courts. In addition to these closures, all City sports fields, golf courses and community gardens remain closed until further notice.

All City parks and open spaces remain accessible to the public. For anyone who chooses to use these spaces, the City asks for the public’s full and continued cooperation in following all of the precautions identified by the Middlesex London Health Unit including:

  • Stay six feet away from each other (physical distancing)
  • Avoid all non-essential gatherings of any size

  • Stay home from work and other activities if you are sick

  • Self-isolate if you have travelled outside of Canada

  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently (for at least 20 seconds)

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or cough and sleeve into your elbow

  • Clean and disinfect high touch areas frequently

The Ontario government will shut down all non-essential businesses in the province starting Wednesday to curb the spread of COVID-19 for the next 14 days. Essential businesses that will remain open include supply chains, cannabis, LCBO and Beer Stores, gas stations and pharmacies. Restaurants can stay open for delivery or takeaway.

You can find a full list of essential businesses on the Ontario government newsroom website.


March 23 1:45 p.m. update

There are 15 confirmed cases as of March 23, according to the Middlesex London Health Unit.


March 20 2 p.m. update

London’s acting mayor Jesse Helmer and London Mayor Ed Holder have declared a state of emergency for the City of London due to growing 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

A press release from the city announced the state of emergency declaration under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, meaning all options will be available to protect Londoners, including access to provincial funding when made available. All local emergency services —police, paramedics, and fire crews — continue to operate.

There have been 11 confirmed cases in the London-Middlesex area as of March 20, with 10 currently active and one recovered. The MLHU said they have followed up with those tested positive for COVID-19 and all are self-isolating.

The MLHU said on their website following the Ontario government’s State of Emergency declaration for the province on March 17, all libraries, theatres, music venues, licensed child care centres, live performance and movie theatres, indoor recreational facilities, and all organized events involving more than 50 people are closed until at least March 31. Restaurants and bars are also closed with the exception of those offering takeout and delivery.

The London Transit Commission (LTC) will end service on routes 90, 91, 92, 94, 102, 104, and 106, until further notice. Routes 19, 25, 27, 31, and 33 are operating under limited service.

Visit londontransit.ca/2020/03/20/covid-19-2019-novel-coronavirus/ for more information.

Health

March 25 1:20 p.m. update

During the COVID-19 pandemic Medpoint physicians will be available to do virtual consults with Fanshawe employees and students. These appointments will be either by phone or video conference. To learn more, go to fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/corporate-info/covid-19-faq-students.


March 20 2 p.m. update

Fanshawe’s Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic, according to the College website, is a COVID-19 testing centre. Students who are feeling unwell are asked to visit the local health unit’s website for more information about getting care before going to a testing centre or hospital.

Fanshawe students feeling anxious or stressed in regards to the impact of COVID-19 on their lives can contact Counselling and Accessibility Services by either calling 519-452-4282 or sending an email to counselling@fanshawec.ca. Students urgently needing mental health services can go to the 24/7 Walk-In Crisis Centre at 648 Huron St. or call Reach Out (1-866-933-2023).

A London COVID-19 assessment centre opened at the Oakridge Arena on March 16. The centre on 825 Valetta Street will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Sunday to Saturday. A second COVID-19 assessment centre opened March 19 at the Carling Heights Community Centre and is also open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. A press release from MLHU about the second centre said the Oakridge Arena assessment centre saw 800 people as of March 18.

While the centres will not provide on-site testing for COVID-19, they serve as a place for people to go for concerns related to the virus rather than going to an emergency room.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said during an update on March 18 that the province is able to do about 2,000 tests daily and is close to doing 5,000 tests a day.

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