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Exposure Control Protocol in Case of Outbreak of COVID-19 on Campus

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In the event of a positive COVID-19 on campus, Brighton College should notify the local Public Health B.C. Medical Health Officer immediately and await the next steps immediately to see if Brighton College meets the threshold of an “outbreak” at the college. Brighton College will also follow all advice provided regarding the necessary next steps. Public Health will be leading contact tracing efforts. Brighton College should work with public health to support those efforts where requested but should defer to Public Health.

Contact with Local Health Authorities

Burnaby campus: Fraser Health Authority, Fraser North.
Dr. Ingrid Tyler, Ingrid.tyler@fraserhealth.ca
Phone: 604-587-7890, Fax: 604-930-5414, After Hours: 604-527-4806
#400 – 13450 102nd Ave Central City Tower Surrey BC V3T 0H1

Health Monitoring:

1. Ensure that faculty, staff, and students know how to report exposure incidents. Individuals are urged to report any exposure incidents to their supervisor, or email covid19safety@brightoncollege.com or call the main phone line at 604-430-5608 to report the incident.

2. Ensure that any students/faculty/staff/visitors who report symptoms of illness are not permitted on campus. If an individual falls ill while on campus, they are required to leave the campus immediately and consult 811 for further guidance. If they cannot leave immediately, they are required to isolate themselves in a vacant room until they can arrange transportation home. All surfaces that the affected individual has touched will be cleaned and disinfected promptly by the custodians upon the individual’s departure.

3. Individuals who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms must complete the BC self assessment tool and follow the recommendations of the assessment, which may require:

  • Calling 811 for further screening
  • Self-isolation for 14 days
  • Self-monitoring for symptoms and return to normal activities

4. Staff or faculty in self-isolation will remain in contact with their supervisor and are prohibited from entering campus while in isolation. If a staff or faculty member has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they are prohibited from entering the campus while contagious and under isolation orders. Bccdca.ca guidelines for ending isolation recommend that those diagnosed with COVID-19:

  • Must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days since the onset of symptoms and,
  • That fever is gone without using fever-reducing medications and,
  • The individual must be feeling better (improvement and reduction in symptoms).

Brighton College requires that a previously affected employee must submit a medical clearance certificate to covid19safety@brightoncollege.com for approval before resuming work on campus.

5. Students in self-isolation will remain in contact with Student Services staff members assigned to their case. If a student has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they are prohibited from entering the campus while contagious and under isolation orders. Bccdca.ca guidelines for ending isolation recommend that those diagnosed with COVID-19:

  • Must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days since the onset of symptoms and,
  • That fever is gone without using fever-reducing medications and,
  • The individual must be feeling better (improvement and reduction in symptoms).

Brighton College requires that a student submit a medical clearance certificate to covid19safety@brightoncollege.com for approval before resuming attendance on campus.

Record Keeping:

1. The Campus Manager will maintain detailed first aid reports and incidents of exposure on campus. Everyone who enters campus each day is recorded, and a list of names and emails is kept. In the case of an outbreak, Brighton College will contact the necessary people immediately.

2. Mandatory campus sign-in for staff and faculty. They will send a short email from their work account to facilities@brightoncollege.com. This information will be stored should we need to provide them later for contact tracing.

3. Students’ attendance in-class on campus will be tracked by faculty. Students not attending a class on campus, but accessing a service, will be required to make an appointment and detailed records of student names and student ID numbers are kept by each department providing services to the students. This information will be stored should we need to provide them later for contact tracing.

Campus Protocols

1. Where a student, staff, or faculty member that has been on campus has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19, Brighton College will immediately restrict access to all parts of the campus that the person was in. Details of the individual’s movements and time spent on campus will be gathered from the attendance records kept and by contacting the individual over the phone. If there was any movement in shared common areas connected to the college (such as the building lobby), the building manager will be notified about the movements so that a plan can be implemented for closure/disinfection within non-college spaces.

2. Brighton College will suspend all in-person classes and staff or faculty attendance on campus while the campus custodians complete campus cleaning and disinfection of the entire campus, which may take up to 5 days. The campuses will only be opened after confirmation that all surfaces have been meticulously cleaned including the use of the disinfection fogger throughout the building.

3. All staff and faculty will be required to go home immediately and work from home for 14 days since the first known occurrence of the outbreak. They are required to self-monitor for symptoms during the 14 days, and to follow the recommendations of the BC self assessment tool or call 811 should symptoms develop.

4. Adaptations for work will be made to support all staff, faculty, and students at home during the 14-day Quarantine Period. Only limited staff with work requiring timely physical access to the campus will be permitted (such as custodians). Those staff must adhere to:

  • Daily self-monitoring of symptoms and sign-in system;
  • Limiting the time on campus to those tasks required on campus;
  • Limit use of common rooms such as lunchrooms;
  • Wear personal protective equipment at all times on campus;
  • Maintain regular disinfection of surfaces at their workspace and frequent handwashing/sanitization throughout the day.

5. These guidelines also apply to external contacts that regularly enter the campus, such as security or maintenance personnel. The Campus Manager will work in conjunction with the supervisors of these external contacts, to ensure necessary security and maintenance can be provided with strict health and safety measures in place.

6. Following the outbreak, the Health and Safety Committee will hold a debriefing review of the current safety protocols and consult with the involved staff, faculty, and students about changes in the protocol that may be required. All staff, faculty, and students will be reminded to review the training for safety protocols on campus. They will be notified promptly in writing, verbally (on-campus), and through signage about any changes in protocol. Emergency protocol and planning will continue to be reviewed and adapted over time.