Coronavirus and COVID-19 (updated Feb. 12)
Feb. 12 – World Health Organization (WHO) names illness caused by the new coronavirus
The WHO announced on Feb. 11 that COVID-19 is the illness caused by the new coronavirus. This doesn’t change any of the responses to the virus, and the Public Health Agency of Canada continues to deem the public health risk as low. On Feb 11, medical response to an Air Canada aircraft resulted in the transport of one guest to hospital, but health officials determined there was no connection to the virus. For general questions, the YYC Emergency Response Services Department’s email address is: email@example.com. Please note that this email is monitored Monday through Friday during business hours. Should you have an urgent inquiry outside of these hours, please contact the IOC at 403-735-1300 ext. 5
Feb. 3 - Enhanced screening measures implemented in CBSA in Calgary.
Our partners at Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) have now implemented some enhanced screening measures at all major Canadian airports, including Calgary. In completing declarations electronically on the PIK and Nexus kiosks guests will be asked:
Have you been in the Province of Hubei, China in the past 14 days?
Although YYC does not have any direct flights from China, CBSA is taking this proactive approach to assist in identifying any suspected cases. CBSA has posted this video to its social media to explain the change.
Jan 29 - Today, the Public Health Agency of Canada held an information session for Team YYC.
For more informatin on Coronavirus:
Follow Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam on twitter.com/CPHO_Canada
Jan. 27 – Public Health Agency of Canada provides updates on Coronavirus
The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to monitor the situation regarding the novel Coronavirus. On Jan. 25, the province of Ontario announced a presumptive travel-related case of 2019-nCoV. The patient, who recently returned from Wuhan, China, is isolated and under care in hospital. All necessary precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of infection.
At this time, the risk to Canada and Canadians is low. The situation is evolving and PHAC will provide Canadians with new information when known. We will provide updates as we receive them.
Jan. 21 – What TeamYYC need to know about the Coronavirus
For a number of weeks, our airport team has been working closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to be proactive about a new coronavirus. We take the health and safety of our guests and staff very seriously here at YYC, so we are taking direction from the PHAC and cooperating with Alberta Health Services (AHS) to closely monitor the situation. Currently, our normal screening procedures are in place for arriving international guests as we do not have any direct flights from China.
Visit these sites PHAC, AHS (Advisory), AHS website (click on North Zone for latest updates) or World Health Organization for the latest information regarding the Coronavirus.
For more information, see the attached PDF on protecting yourself from the spread of germs.