| COVID-19 INFORMATION |
March 27 update: While the College remains open, to combat the spread of COVID-19, all buildings are closed to the public. We are ready to serve you via telephone at 1-866-652-3456 or online at Contact Us. Students and staff are asked to work from home. Students who cannot access their courses from home are advised to call their instructor, coordinator or chair and to check their NLC email for help documents for support in using cell phones or other mobile device to access courses.
March 21 update: Northern Lakes College has limited the number of onsite personnel at the Slave Lake, Grouard, and Peace River campuses. We are ready to serve you via telephone at 1-866-652-3456 or online at Contact Us. Please note that all other campus locations will be closed for March break from March 23 – 27 inclusive.
March 18, 2020- The NLC Driftpile campus is closed until further notice. Classes will continue to be available online.
March 17, 2020- Online classes have resumed. NLC students should check their email for program or course-specific information.
March 15, 2020- Online classes will resume as normal on Tuesday March 17, 2020. Please note that all classes are cancelled for Monday March 16, 2020 only. Check your email for further details and information.
College Employees, Students and Visitors
Northern Lakes College is closely monitoring COVID-19 and following the advice of Alberta Health Services and other reliable agencies as the situation evolves. We will continue to make every effort to keep you informed and provide access to the most accurate and up-to-date information. The information included here will be reviewed and updated, as required. By collectively sharing this information we can help in the reduction of the spread of this illness within our communities. Prevent the spread. Please do not visit any Northern Lakes College facility if you have recently returned from travel outside Canada, have been exposed to COVID-19, or have symptoms like cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat. Thank you for your cooperation.
World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 as a pandemic. For up to date information please refer to World Health Organization website.
Services on Campus
Northern Lakes College remains open. However, there are some changes to services:
- Northern Lakes College has limited the number of onsite personnel at its campuses and all buildings are closed to the public. We are ready to serve you via telephone at 1-866-652-3456 or online at Contact Us.
- Students and staff are asked to work from home.
- Students who cannot access their courses from home are advised to call their instructor, coordinator or chair and to check their NLC email for help documents for support in using cell phones or other mobile device to access courses.
- The Driftpile campus is closed until further notice. Classes will continue to be available online.
- College recreational facilities are closed.
- Student lounges are closed.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause respiratory illness in people, ranging from mild common colds to severe illnesses.
Novel coronaviruses, like COVID-19, are new strains of the virus that have not been previously identified in humans. This means people have no immunity against it, and it has no vaccine or proven treatment.
For full information on preventative measures, see the Government of Alberta Prevent the Spread site.
All Albertans have a responsibility to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Take steps to protect yourself and others:
- practice physical distancing
- practice good hygiene: wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching face
- monitor for symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
- self-isolate for the legally-required 10 days if you have any symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or medical condition
- take the COVID-19 self-assessment if you're concerned about your health
If You Have Symptoms
*If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat, you are legally required to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer.
If you have any of the other symptoms, stay home and minimize your contact with others until your symptoms resolve.
Monitor your health and call Health Link 811 if you have questions or concerns. Call 911 immediately if experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19, including difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, feelings of confusion or loss of consciousness.
For information on COVID-19 testing in Alberta, see the Government of Alberta symptoms and testing information here.
Personal Protective Equipment
Albertans are encouraged to wear non-medical masks in public when it's difficult to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres at all times.
Wearing a homemade or non-medical mask in public is another tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It hasn’t been proven that masks protect the person wearing it, but it can help protect people from being exposed to your germs.
Masks should complement – not replace – other prevention measures. Continue physical distancing and good hand hygiene, and stay home when sick.
For full information, see the Government of Alberta information regarding masks.
Travel Information and Advisories
An official global travel advisory is in effect: Avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.
- Government of Canada Public Health Notice
- Government of Alberta Travel Advice
- Government of Canada Travel Health Notices
- World Health Organization's Travel Bulletins
For more information about COVID-19, please consult the following websites:
Official Global Travel Advisory
Public Health Agency of Canada
Alberta Health Services
Government of Alberta
World Health Organization