University Canada West and The Visual College of Art and Design have announced they are cancelling school as a result of a student with a presumptive case of COVID-19.
Both schools are located in the same building on West Pender in downtown Vancouver and suggest the closure is in order to do a deep clean of the facility as a precautionary measure.
“We are confident that we have managed to contain the student who was potentially affected, and the deep-cleaning of our campuses is therefore a precautionary measure. Students and staff who may have been in close contact with the affected students have been identified and contacted with information and advice,” reads a statement on University Canada West’s website.
The Visual College of Art and Design echoed that same message in a statement on their website.
“At this time, the risks to students, staff, and faculty remains low and we will take all recommended precautions to ensure the health and safety of those in the building,” says statement on VCAD’s website.
University Canada West also indicated they do not think the student conducted the novel coronavirus, however didn’t take any chances.
The closure of both campuses will last until Monday as a clean team scrubs down the facility. UCW has indicated that despite the closure, it hasn’t affected classes. “There has been no disruption to our education delivery to students. Students are still being taught their syllabus – we remain fully functioning,” said UCW.
A press conference is scheduled in Vancouver today at 2 pm to address any concerns about the presumptive case.