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  • how coronavirus spreads
  • preventing coronavirus
  • physical distancing 

St. Lawrence College (SLC) continues to closely monitor the outbreak of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.

The college has initiated its emergency management plan and is in regular communication with local public health officials. We will update this site and encourage everyone to check frequently for new information.

Kingston: KFL&A Public Health 
Brockville: Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit 
Cornwall: Eastern Ontario Health Unit 
Current information on the status of the COVID-19 virus can be found on the Government of Canada’s website

How Coronavirus Spreads

Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs. They are most commonly spread from an infected person through:

  • respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze 
  • close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  •  touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands 

Current evidence suggests person-to-person spread is efficient when there is close contact.


Preventing Coronavirus


Adapted from the Government of Canada website: 

Canadians should continue to think ahead about the actions that they can take to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, including:


Do you think you might have COVID-19? Use the Government of Canada’s self-assessment tool to find out what to do.


What is social or physical distancing? 


Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical distance between each other. Social distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak.

This means making changes in your everyday routines to minimize close contact with others, including:

  • avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings 
  • avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes 
  • limiting contact with people at higher risk like older adults and those in poor health 
  • keeping a distance of at least 2 arms-length (approximately 2 metres) from others