Two at RDC test positive for COVID-19

Two people at Red Deer College have tested positive for COVID-19. The individuals are in self-isolation.

These individuals last attended RDC’s main campus on Thursday, October 8, and they did not display any symptoms of COVID-19 until days later. The people who are known to have been in close contact with the individuals who are ill when they last attended RDC’s campus are also self-isolating as a precaution. Others who may have been impacted by these positive COVID-19 cases at the college will be directly contacted. 

With these confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 at RDC, RDC has implemented cleaning practices and other protocols to reduce chances of the virus spreading to others on the main campus. 

“I would like to extend my best wishes to the members of our College community as they begin the road to recovery in isolation,” said Dr. Peter Nunoda, RDC President.

“It is crucial that we support the individuals, and one another, during the challenging circumstances of the pandemic. The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors are extremely important, and we all play a vital role in helping to combat the spread of COVID-19, both on and off campus.” 

RDC has taken many steps to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Work-related travel restrictions for all faculty and staff were implemented in March. The majority of courses for fall term are delivered online, largely reducing the number of people on campus. At the college, physical distancing has been strongly encouraged throughout the pandemic and face-coverings in common areas became mandatory on Aug. 24. Some sections on campus have been closed to help mitigate traffic and enhanced cleaning protocols have continued. 

Students, faculty, staff and guests who visit Red Deer College are required to complete COVID-19 Training online and fill out a daily COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Alberta Checklist, which is available using the SAFE RDC app.  

“Through careful planning, our top priority is to always create a safe environment,” said Nunoda.

“I encourage anyone from the College community, including those who have been affected by this news, to use the available resources from RDC and Alberta Health Services as we navigate through this pandemic collaboratively.”

RDC’s main campus remains open, and courses and services currently offered in-person will continue. Additionally, online learning activities will also proceed as normal.   

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