KAWARTHA LAKES-A photo circulating on Snapchat earlier today shows paramedics in Hazmat suits entering Durham College/Ontario Tech University. A caption on the photo says “student being checked for corona”.
Kawartha 411 has verified the photo is of Durham College’s Oshawa campus. Representative from the University told Kawartha 411 the photo was taken last Thursday.
It is unclear if this is linked to the recent cases of Coronavirus in the province. The Ministry of Health told Kawartha 411 they are currently investigating 19 possible cases of Coronavirus but would not confirm where.
“The ministry is not releasing any information on possible coronavirus cases that are under investigation aside from providing the overall provincial number.” David Jensen, Ministry of Health told Kawartha411.
Both Durham College and Ontario Tech University said there are no known cases at the college.
“There are no known cases of the coronavirus at Durham College. A picture has been circulating of an ambulance and hazmat suits on campus. Due to the heightened awareness about the virus, an abundance of caution was taken by first responders last week.” Meghan Ney told Kawartha 411 News. “It has been confirmed that this was NOT the coronavirus.”
Students tell Kawartha 411 there are a lot of people on campus now wearing masks. A representative for the University, who works out of a different location, disputes that. The book store on campus is now selling masks.
So far there have been two presumptive cases of Coronavirus in Ontario.
Millions of people in China have been quarantined, approximately 2,800 have been sickened and 81 have died.
Symptoms of the novel coronavirus may include:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- A general feeling of being unwell.
Anyone experiencing symptoms who had traveled to areas of concern, or been in contact with somebody who has traveled to these areas, should call ahead to their health care provider before arriving for treatment.
While there is currently no vaccine for this novel coronavirus but preventative actions can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.