Coronavirus update: December 21, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

December 21, 2020

You’ve done it! Our University community has made it through one of the most trying years in our history. As we put the wraps on 2020, I thought I’d take the opportunity to reinforce a few key points for us all to consider this holiday season.

  • Please be safe in all your social interactions. I cannot stress that enough as while the beginning phases of vaccine distribution are underway, we must not become complacent. Continue to practice physical distancing, wash your hands, wear a mask, and follow all of the Provincial Health Officer’s recommendations and orders. We can help flatten the curve, and ease the burden on our health-care system if we keep our interactions to a minimum.
  • I trust that you will find the time to take a break, recharge and reset. The entire community has expended tremendous energy this year, so spend time with those closest to you (in your bubble) and find new ways to enjoy some time away from the workplace. For those employees who remain on call or working to provide essential services to keep our campuses open, we all thank you for your ongoing commitment and dedication to our students and the University.
  • If you are an employee experiencing flu-like symptoms, please report that illness following UNBC’s normal sick leave processes. If your symptoms worsen, please contact your family physician. You can also take the BC Government’s online COVID-19 self-assessment tool to determine if testing is required. And be sure to e-mail to inform the university if you are awaiting COVID-19 test results so we can provide information about supports, return to work protocols etc.

In closing, as I reflect on the 285 days since my first communication to the University Community regarding the pandemic, I am reminded of all that we as a University Community have gone through to keep moving forward, to support each other during those extremely tough days, and to positively impact your extended community; true UNBC spirit!

I am thankful for the support I have received over the past nine months from all corners of our University. You have all demonstrated remarkable resilience and resolve and I am grateful and inspired to be part of our University community.

Please enjoy a safe, happy and restful holiday season, and we’ll see you all in the New Year!

Geoff Payne
Interim President and Vice-Chancellor

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