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Red Deer College exercising an “abundance of caution” after person in college community tests positive for COVID-19

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The latest on RDC’s response to COVID-19

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

Sunday 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

• The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 did not display any symptoms 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 areas 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.

o 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.

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 and online service delivery
  • ensuring physical distancing by those who remain at RDC for work
  • using enhanced disinfecting and cleaning products and regimes

“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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Cases rising but still 18 in Central Alberta Hospitals – COVID19 update from Mike York

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Alberta for the second day in a row has had in excess of 1500 new positive cases, (1584 yesterday and 1549 today)
In the Central Zone, also a significant increase of 131 new cases along with just 22 recoveries.
The Zone now has 714 active cases of the virus. 18 people are in hospitals, 2 of those in ICU.
Here in the City of Red Deer, an increase of 17 cases along with 2 recoveries.
We now have 141 active cases in Red Deer.
*Of note –
Premier Jason Kenney will be addressing the unsettling rise of the Covid-19 cases in our province in a live broadcast tomorrow.
It’s assumed there may be new and more stringent restrictions being implemented to try and limit the continual trend of surging cases.
Please continue to encourage all of your family and friends to avoid unnecessary large gatherings and social functions when possible.
Thanks folks.
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18 Central Albertans in hospital including one in ICU – Mike York’s update for Nov 22

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The province set yet another record with a one day total of 1584 new active cases since yesterday.
Alarming numbers!
In the Central Zone also a large 24 hour increase of 131 new active cases and only 22 recoveries. We now have 714 active cases in the Zone. There are now 18 individuals in hospital, one of which is in ICU.
The city of Red Deer had an increase of 21 new cases since yesterday, a new single day record for our city since this all began in March.
We had 7 recoveries as well but still saw an overall increase in active cases from 112 to 126.
In the last 6 days, the zone has seen an increase of 443 new cases while 174 have recovered.
Red Deer has seen an increase of 63 new cases with 53 recoveries in that same time frame.
Important city council meeting tomorrow, addressing the possibility of passing the mandatory masks bylaw in all public places.
Cheers people.
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