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April 6 The latest on RDC’s response to COVID-19

Date posted: 
Mon, 04/06/2020
News Update

Red Deer College continues to work with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Government of Alberta to ensure we follow their advice and protocols. 

Please note today’s updates:  

Yesterday we learned of a person within our College community who has tested positive for COVID-19. Given the size of RDC's community, this news is unfortunate, but not entirely unexpected. We have implemented a variety of measures to help keep our campuses as safe as possible with this rapidly changing situation.

Below are more details:

Confirmed Case of COVID-19

  • This individual did not display any symptoms of COVID-19 when they last attended RDC’s downtown campus (on March 13) and Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre (on March 18).
  • Out of an abundance of caution, RDC’s janitorial staff are completing a thorough and enhanced cleaning of known spaces in which this individual last visited at the College.
  • Following AHS guidelines, everyone in the College community is encouraged to monitor their health for any potential symptoms of COVID-19.
    • AHS directly contacts any individual who is considered exposed to confirmed cases of COVID-19. These individuals are provided further direction, including being asked to self-isolate and to be tested for COVID-19. Only those contacted directly by AHS are considered exposed to this virus. If they are not contacted directly by AHS, they are not considered exposed and should instead continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • We remind everyone to be vigilant in their efforts to practice physical distancing, good hygiene, and to stay home if ill.

The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors are important to us. To help reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 on our campuses, RDC continues to follow AHS and government protocols including: 

  • online course delivery starting March 18
  • connecting with students through phone or online service delivery
  • ensuring physical distancing by those who remain at RDC for work
  • using enhanced disinfecting and cleaning products and regimes

What Should You Do If You Suspect You Have COVID-19?

If you suspect you may have COVID-19:

  • As per Alberta Health Services guidelines, please first take this Alberta Health Services Self-Assessment; follow the advice provided to you after taking this assessment
  • Stay at home and call Alberta Health Link at 811 if you’re directed to do so upon taking the Self-Assessment. Please do not go to the RDC Health, Safety and Wellness Centre on campus, physicians’ offices, or hospital emergency rooms. If you are in immediate distress, call 911.

“On behalf of the entire College community, I wish this individual well and hope they have a speedy recovery and good health in the near future. It’s at times like this that we should all come together, and it is important that we share our compassion and patience for one another,” says Dr. Peter Nunoda, RDC President. “The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors are of the utmost importance. I encourage everyone to take necessary precautions to help ensure good health and to use the available resources from RDC, AHS and the Alberta Government as we support each other during this unprecedented time.”

News about RDC’s response to COVID-19 is available at: rdc.ab.ca/coronavirus

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For additional information contact:

Brent Forster
Communications Strategist – Corporate
RDC
403.342.3389

Shelley Newman
Communications Strategist – Corporate 
RDC
403.342.3299

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