Humber College confirms six new positive cases of COVID-19 at the North Campus, as the Director of Communications discusses how the institution has pivoted during the pandemic.
The outbreak was confirmed by college’s COVID-19 Reporting Summary on campus between March 15 to March 21.
COVID-19 reporting is documented by Humber College every Monday. It’s partner institution, the University of Guelph-Humber also focuses on students, employees and others who are actively present on the campus community during the pandemic.
Andrew Leopold, director of communications, said the data will be documented for people present on campus within a window of 14 days of a positive diagnosis.
“If an individual has been on campus or is expected to be on campus and they’ve tested positive, that is where they will be reporting to the covid reporting team — we have a Covid Reporting Health Team,” Leopold said.
The location of the outbreak was found at in the North campus area, including 250 Humber College Blvd., 30 Carrier Drive, and 110 Carrier Drive.
Leopold said students in the school building have to remain six feet apart, wear masks, and use appropriate personal protective equipment.
“All of our operations are adhered to and in line with and take guidance from public health and provincial guidelines,” he said.
To date, anyone entering North campus still has to complete the Screening Questionnaire on the Humber Guardian app and would be screened at a specific door when entering by a security team.
There are a number of hand sanitizer stations throughout the campus and signs on walls and floors reminding visitors to practice physical distancing, Leopold said.
Humber College pivoted the entire institution in March 2020, and moved classes from in person to primary online learning. Leopold says that the college did adapt to offer student services and student support online.
Leopold said its expected Humber will have a hybrid of in-class and online learning during the Summer 2021 semester. This has also been confirmed by the college on their website.
“Prior to each semester, the programs and even down to the class and course level, the programs identify which classes are able to run online or run in person — again with health and safety measures in place,” he said.
“And then that’s how we build out the subsequent semester schedule and offerings,” Leopold said. “We make the point to say that if we’re only going to ask for those classes in person, if its safe if it’s not, then the class will be online.”
The overall approach was to give students peer-to-peer relationships and interactions with Humber faculty and professors as much as possible and still get the most of their education given the challenging times, he said.
“It’s obviously super important to Humber that students feel supported, students are supported, they have the opportunity to receive the supports they need, whether it be academics or counselling or wellness and the whole range of services and supports that we offer,” Leopold said.
COVID-19 cases are presently active in other campus’ across the province.
Meanwhile, the University of Toronto reported there are five confirmed positive covid-19 cases at the St. George campus, and one case at the Mississauga campus. These cases have been active in the U of T community between March 18 to 21. Those who have tested positive have notified the Occupational Health and Safety Office that they have recently been on a campus and tested positive.
In New Brunswick, Mount Allison University reported on March 22 one positive case of the virus has been confirmed as a variant. Public Health says all non-essential student activities will be canceled until further notice.