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COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) 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 fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny nose or nasal congestion. Thank you for your cooperation.

State of Emergency

The Province of Alberta declared a state of emergency under the Public Health Act on March 17.

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.

COVID-19

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 specific vaccine or treatment.

Preventative Measures

All Albertans have a responsibility to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Take steps to protect yourself and others:

  • practice physical distancing
  • stay home and away from others if sick or in isolation
  • practice good hygiene
  • wash hands often       
      
  • cover coughs and sneezes
  • avoid touching face
  • monitor for symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny nose or nasal congestion


For full information, see the Government of Alberta Prevent the Spread site. 

If You Have Concerns About Your Health

If you have symptoms, like fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny nose or nasal congestion:

Personal Protective Equipment

Masks can be very important in certain situations.

  • If you are healthy, medical masks are not recommended as they do not provide full protection and can create a false sense of security.
  • If you are sick, wearing a mask helps prevent spreading the illness to other people.

This is why people who have a cough or respiratory symptoms must wear masks and wash their hands when visiting an emergency department or clinic.