COVID-19 is being effectively monitored, controlled and treated in British Columbia and Canada. The Public Health Agency of Canada is actively monitoring the situation and working with the World Health Organization and other international partners. As such, the risk of transmission in Metro Vancouver – and by extension the country – is low.
All VSO School of Music activities are continuing as normal.
The facility is professionally cleaned daily, and surfaces including doorknobs, railings, buttons etc. are being disinfected on an hourly basis. As always, hand sanitizer is available on all floors of the school. In service of public health, we ask that all visitors to the VSO School take a minute to wash their hands with soap in any of our bathrooms before beginning a lesson or class.
If you or a member of your household is sick, please stay home. We will be pleased to reschedule your lessons or give you school credit (with no expiry date) for any activities missed due to illness.
FACTS FROM VANCOUVER COASTAL HEALTH
Risk: The risk of coronavirus disease transmission continues to remain low for residents of British Columbia. People without symptoms do not pose a risk.
Prevention: Proper hand washing, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and staying home when you’re sick is the best protection.
Symptoms: Reported signs and symptoms include: fever, coughing, difficulty breathing, and/or pneumonia in both lungs.
Experiencing symptoms: If you think you have the symptoms of coronavirus disease, please stay at home and call 8-1-1.
Returning from travel in Hubei province (including Wuhan city) in China or Iran: If you have returned from these areas, monitor for symptoms and avoid contact with others for 14 days after leaving those areas.
Returning from any travel: Travellers returning from other parts of the world are not asked to self-isolate, but should monitor themselves for symptoms. If you have been travelling and you become ill or become ill after you return home, tell your health care provider about recent travel and your symptoms. You should also tell your provider if you had close contact with a sick person or had another high-risk exposure such as direct contact with animals.
Health questions: If you
have health concerns, call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1.
VANCOUVER COASTAL HEALTH STATEMENT – MARCH 5
The World Health Organization continues to monitor cases of COVID-19 worldwide. In British Columbia, there have been 21 positive COVID-19 cases to date. Of these cases, four in the Vancouver Coastal Health region have now fully recovered. One, a woman in her 80s, is at Vancouver General Hospital with more severe symptoms. Our concerns and thoughts are with the patient and her family. There is no ongoing risk to patients and staff of the hospital. The patient is in isolation and all necessary precautions were taken.
We want to reassure the public that, at this time, the risk to Canadians remains low. All of the positive cases identified in B.C. have been isolated and public health officials have actively monitored them and any close contacts to ensure there is no ongoing risk posed to the public.
While the situation is developing around the world, the advice to travellers returning to Canada remains the same. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends travellers returning from the Hubei province (including Wuhan city) of China and Iran to closely monitor themselves for symptoms and avoid contact with others for 14 days after leaving those areas. This includes remaining home from school or work and avoiding crowded places. International travellers returning from anywhere else are not being asked to self-isolate, but they should monitor themselves for symptoms and contact their health provider if they become ill.
VCH Medical Health Officers, our provincial partners and the Public Health Agency of Canada continue to actively monitor the situation regarding COVID-19, which has been responsible for an outbreak centred in Wuhan, China, as well as imported cases in other countries. The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to reassure the public that the risk to Canadians is low and that our health care systems are well positioned to identify and manage any further possible cases.
For more information and latest updates on COVID-19, follow the BC Centre for Disease Control on Twitter @CDCofBC or visit their website.