The University of Saskatchewan continues to monitor the coronavirus, and will provide you with relevant information as needed. As part of our regular operations, the university has an emergency management plan with protocols and procedures in place in the event that they are needed.

For the most up-to-date and accurate information visit the Government of Canada's website.

February 27, 2020

As Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is detected in new jurisdictions, the Government of Canada and Saskatchewan public health, have updated recommendations to residents and health care providers related to travel to and from countries with confirmed cases.

The Government of Canada has issued travel health notices for COVID-19 in China, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Northern Italy, Singapore, and South Korea. 

All travellers, regardless of their country of travel, are now asked to monitor their health when they return to Canada. While abroad, you may have come in contact with COVID-19. Monitor for fever, cough and difficulty breathing for 14 days after you arrive in Canada. If you have these symptoms, contact HealthLine 811 for assessment and direction.

The risk of COVID-19 to Saskatchewan residents remains low.  As of February 27, there are no laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Please continue to take these recommended precautions that can help prevent illness this time of year:  

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • sneeze into your sleeve or elbow and throw away soiled tissues as soon as possible, followed by hand washing
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • stay home if you are sick
  • make sure that your vaccinations are up-to-date

February 7, 2020

The Government of Saskatchewan has recently updated guidelines related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), requiring anyone who has travelled from the Hubei province in China (which includes the city of Wuhan) to self-isolate for 14 days. That means that these individuals do not go to school, university, work or social events. Anyone who has had to self-isolate is asked to actively monitor for symptoms such as fever and cough. If even mild symptoms develop please contact public healthy by calling HealthLine 811 for further assessment and direction.

People arriving from other parts of China need to actively monitor their symptoms as well as the symptoms of their children for 14 days. If there are even mild symptoms they must not go to school or work and need to contact public health by calling HealthLine 811 for further assessment and direction.

Full details on self-isolation, along with a surveillance chart on testing results in Saskatchewan can be found at Saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.

If any members of our community need to self-isolate they are encouraged to reach out to us to so that we can offer appropriate supports. Students can contact Pirita Mattola, Manager, International Student and Study Abroad Centre at 306-966-5933, and staff and faculty should reach out to their immediate supervisor. 

At this time Saskatchewan does not have a confirmed case of Covid-19, and the risk to Canadians remains low.

It’s not unusual, however, that the current Covid-19 outbreak may cause some people additional concern when it comes to the regular cold and flu season. There are a number of recommended precautions that can help prevent illness this time of year:  

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • sneeze into your sleeve or elbow and throw away soiled tissues as soon as possible, followed by hand washing
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • stay home if you are sick
  • make sure that your vaccinations are up-to-date

More information about how to stay healthy on campus during cold and flu season is available here. 

USask is proud to be home to many international students, as well as visiting faculty and staff.  As a community it is critical that we support each other and remain respectful during what is a difficult time for many. The university has been in contact with any students, staff or faculty who may have been in China for personal, professional or academic reasons and we have no reason for concern. The university continues to offer support and resources to anyone who is impacted by the outbreak of Covid-19. 


 

January 29, 2020

USask response to 2019 Novel Coronavirus

The University of Saskatchewan—in connection with the City of Saskatoon and the Saskatchewan Health Authority,  and with advisories from the Public Health Agency of Canada—continues to monitor the coronavirus, and will provide you with relevant information as needed. As part of our regular operations, the university has an emergency management plan with protocols and procedures in place in the event that they are needed.

At this time, the risk to Canadians is low and there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Saskatchewan.

As many of you know, the university has partnerships with a number of institutions throughout China and we are working to get a full view of how the coronavirus may affect current and planned activities. All faculty, staff and students are advised to follow Government of Canada's travel advisories regarding travel to and from the affected areas.

If you have friends or family who are currently in China, they may want to participate in the Government of Canada’s Registration of Canadians Abroad program. This service allows the Government of Canada to notify Canadians abroad in case of an emergency, enabling traveling Canadians to receive important information.

Students with additional questions and concerns are asked to please contact Pirita Mattola, Manager, International Student and Study Abroad Centre at 306-966-5933.

Staff and faculty are encouraged to contact their family physician or the Saskatchewan Health Authority Health Line with any individual health concerns or questions. Any other questions regarding USask health and wellness resources and supports can be directed to Wellness Resources.

The university will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed. For the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the coronavirus in Canada, visit Public Health Agency of Canada.


 

January 27, 2020

Coronavirus awareness

Many of you are probably already aware of the novel coronavirus that is impacting China, and now other countries. The University of Saskatchewan is monitoring the situation closely, in tandem with the City of Saskatoon and the Saskatchewan Health Authority. As part of our regular emergency preparedness, the university already has an emergency management plan with protocols and procedures in place in the event that we need them.  At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Saskatchewan. 

If you are scheduled to travel and are concerned that you may be visiting an affected area, we encourage you to follow official advisories and make informed decisions regarding any upcoming travel.  

Students with additional questions and concerns are asked to please contact Pirita Mattola, Manager, International Student and Study Abroad Centre at 306-966-5933.

Staff and faculty are encouraged to contact their family physician or the Saskatchewan Health Authority Health Line with any individual health concerns or questions. Any other questions regarding USask health and wellness resources and supports can be directed to Wellness Resources.

The World Health Organization and Health Canada advise that anyone traveling to or from an affected area follow these guidelines:

  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever or cough.
  • Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • If you experience cold or flu-like symptoms avoid close contact with others, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze and throw your tissues in the trash and wash your hands. 
  • Avoid visiting live markets and contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals. 
  • If experiencing flu-like symptoms upon your return, or during travel, avoid contact with others and see a health care professional. Explain to them your symptoms and where you have traveled.  

The university will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.