The Omicron variant of Covid-19 continues to spread in Canada. BC’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has shared that COVID-19 modelling suggests new Omicron variant cases in B.C. have finally peaked, but hospitalizations will continue to spike until around January 22.
Throughout the pandemic, Global Village Victoria has taken a vigilant approach to our COVID health and safety protocols. Our school firmly intends to continue face-to-face classes, even as the pandemic evolves and variants of concern emerge.
Until last week, the school had only experienced one (1) verified case of COVID-19, which gives us a measure of confidence in the school’s ongoing COVID safety protocols.
However, on January 14, an asymptomatic individual within the GV community received a positive COVID-19 test result. The individual informed their close contacts that they had tested positive for COVID-19. This led the school to issue rapid test kits to students and staff today.
All close contacts who took a rapid COVID test today had negative results. However, some unrelated individuals are absent due to COVID-like symptoms. At a meeting today, the school determined that it would be most prudent to use this week as a short “circuit breaker” for students and staff while we add additional safety enhancements.
We will transition to live, virtual classes for four days this week only:
Teachers will review the instructions for connecting to GV LIVE classrooms from home, so that all students can continue meeting their classmates and instructors without interruption.
Canada’s borders continue to be open for international student travel and Global Village operations are functioning normally. Students scheduled to arrive next weekend will be welcomed as per usual procedure, with a Welcome Orientation on Monday, January 24.
We look forward to seeing everyone back on campus next week!
Thank you for taking extra measures to protect the health of yourself and those around you.
Global Village Victoria
OMICRON & COVID-19 SAFETY
Please review the “When to get tested for Covid-19” poster while monitoring for symptoms.