Novel Coronavirus: Update and Information

This website is updated as the University of Windsor learns new information regarding the Novel Coronavirus.

Update February 13, 2020

The University of Windsor continues to monitor the ongoing situation with the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and is closely following advice from local, provincial and national public health officials.

With Reading Week approaching, we recognize students, faculty and staff may have, or may be considering, travel plans. The University of Windsor community is reminded of the Government of Canada’s advisories on travel to China. The government is urging Canadians to avoid all travel to Hubei Province, to avoid all non-essential travel to China and is asking Canadians in China to consider leaving the country if their presence isn’t essential.

Numerous air carriers around the world are cancelling all flights to Beijing and Shanghai, and there has been an increase in travel restrictions for international travel. Travellers should anticipate increased health screening measures at points of entry for international destinations, including airports, even if travellers have not visited China recently.⠀

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has issued an important directive for travellers returning to Canada from Hubei, China and mainland China.

Update January 27, 2020 

While there are no known cases of the virus in Windsor-Essex region, staff at the University of Windsor continue to work with public health officials and closely monitor the campus for any signs of concern. 

A new strain of the coronavirus — Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV — has been identified as the cause of an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan, China. Public Health officials, including those in Windsor, say the risk of infection in Ontario is currently low but the issue is evolving.

Health Canada, Public Health Ontario and the Windsor and Essex County Health Unit are all monitoring the coronavirus situation. The University of Windsor will take direction from these agencies and provide updates if significant changes to the local situation arise. For the latest information on symptoms, prevention, and travel-health advice, please visit Health Canada online or Public Health Ontario. The Center for Disease Control in the US is another excellent resource.

UWindsor Health, Counselling and Wellness Services, routinely screen all students who attend its clinic on the second floor of the CAW for recent travel and follow other precautions for anyone with potentially infectious respiratory symptoms, no matter where they have been. As such, students who are presenting with flu-like symptoms will be asked about their recent travels.

Protect Yourself and Others:

As with any flu season, you can help protect yourself and others by doing the following:

  • Thoroughly wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.
  • Clean hard surfaces in shared spaces with disinfectant.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Use hand sanitizers regularly.

If you have cold-like symptoms, please:

  • Stay home while sick.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid contact with others who are sick and do not travel while sick.
  • If your symptoms escalate, contact your off-campus health-care provider or UWindsor’s Student Health, Counselling and Wellness Centre.

Important Information for UWindsor Chinese Students:

If you are a student from China and you have concerns about your health or you are trying to make sense of developments in China at this time, know that you have several resources available to you at UWindsor for support. In addition to the health clinic on the second floor of the CAW Student Centre, there is also the Student Counselling Centre, where you can connect with a counsellor.  Another great resource for emotional support is the MySSP program.  This 24-7 telecounselling and texting line has counsellors who speak Chinese.  This line is free to UWindsor students, including those enrolled in ELIP and is confidential. Download the MySSP app on your phone.

While the University understands that this is an important matter and that ongoing news coming out of China is concerning, know that the risk for persons living in Ontario is low and that there is a robust public health network to identify and manage this kind of situation.


Who should I contact at UWindsor if I have questions?

Contacts for UWindsor students:

  • Student Health Services

Contacts for UWindsor employees:

  • Contact your family doctor or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000