RDC’s Response to Coronavirus
As Red Deer College establishes processes and plans related to COVID-19, up-to-date information will be located on this page, including:
Update April 3, 2020
In a continued effort to inform our community about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today’s updates:
We are pleased to report that Alberta Health Services has still not advised RDC (as would be their protocol) of any students or employees who have a confirmed case of COVID-19.
As we continue to get used to a ‘new normal’ of working and studying from home, or maintaining physical distancing measures for anyone who is still required to be at RDC’s campuses, we appreciate everyone’s diligence and efforts in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Special thanks to our colleagues with BEST Service Pros and others across RDC’s campuses who continue to implement heightened cleaning protocols and other measures to help keep our College community as healthy as possible.
At RDC, we also want to share our appreciation for healthcare workers who are doing their best work caring for community members who are ill during this COVID-19 situation. Each night, the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre is lit in blue and green (Alberta Health Services’ colours) to demonstrate our institution's appreciation for these frontline workers. We are especially proud of the many RDC alumni and instructors who are among the thousands of valued healthcare professionals in our province helping to keep us all healthy and safe every day.
A full list of updates are available on the Previous COVID-19 Updates page.
Alberta Health Services has detailed information about the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, as well as what to do if you think you have the illness. Visit ahs.ca/covid to learn more.
The situation is evolving quickly, and additional information can be found at:
Red Deer College Students, Faculty and Staff
As per Alberta Health Services guidelines, stay at home and call Alberta Health Link at 811 if you think you have COVID-19. 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.
Red Deer College students, faculty and staff are asked to contact the Health, Safety and Wellness Centre by email (Health [dot] Safety [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca) if they suspect they have COVID-19 or if they have tested positive for the illness.
Red Deer College faculty and staff should also contact their supervisor if they believe they have COVID-19.
Students should contact their instructors if they believe they have COVID-19.
Please see RDC's COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for details about classes, services and events.
RDC’s Planning and Actions for COVID-19
Red Deer College has been, and continues to be, in close contact with the Government of Alberta, Alberta Health Services and other trusted sources to assess the situation and make appropriate decisions for the health and safety of our students, employees and visitors.
Please note the following items about RDC's planning and actions:
- The College has a COVID-19 Management Team to help guide all decisions related to the ongoing operations and delivery of day-to-day business and online courses at RDC
- As per the Government of Alberta's announcement on March 15, 2020, all in-person classes at Red Deer College have been cancelled; additional information is available in the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
- Services at Red Deer College have incorporated online delivery with students and community members, whereever possible
- RDC's campuses remain open, and enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols have been implemented, and high-contact areas are receiving extra diligence with cleaning. Students, employees and guests on campus are encouraged to practice increased personal hygiene through education and awareness, as we all work together to help mitigate the spread of illness
- Earlier in March, as the COVID-19 situation developed, RDC implemented work-related travel restrictions for all faculty and staff.
Red Deer College will continue to stay connected with students, employees and community members with updates as this dynamic situation evolves.