University Canada West in Downtown Vancouver temporarily closes due to student with COVID-19

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      Just as B.C. confirmed eight new COVID-19 cases today, an education institution in Downtown Vancouver announced a temporary closure due to a student being identified with the virus.

      The University Canada West (UCW), located at 626 West Pender Street, has been shut down today and will remain closed on March 6 and 7 after a UCW student was identified with a presumptive case of COVID-19.

      UCW issued a statement in response to the situation, explaining that the student’s father has COVID-19 and had visited the student after being overseas.

      The student and the student’s roommate are both in isolation.

      Students and staff who may have been in close contact with the affected students have been identified and contacted with information and advice. 

      “Owing to these immediate actions taken by the University, the risk to students, staff, and faculty remains low,” the UCW statement reads. “Business continuity plans have been enacted to take all possible precautions to ensure the health and safety of those involved with the University and the wider community.”

      All classes are being suspended as the campuses are being disinfected, including all public and office areas.

      Courses will delivered to students online for the rest of the week.

      UCW campuses are expected to reopen on Monday (March 9).

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