Despite being allowed to offer in-person first aid training as of June 2020, we have made the difficult decision to remain CLOSED to in-person training opportunities for the time being. First aid classes are high-risk environments for virus transmission, and we will not risk the health and safety of our students and instructors.
We understand that students have concerns regarding the status of their certifications and re-certifications. The WSIB has extended the validity of all certifications and re-certifications to 31 December, 2020. We hope to be open and offering courses before that time.
In the meantime, we still believe strongly in the importance of first aid education, and we know that many people will feel their skills and knowledge eroding during this time! Please please feel free email us with your first aid questions, and we hope you will take advantage of our online course offerings.
COVID-19 is the name of a novel coronavirus identified in 2019 as the cause of an outbreak of flu-like illness and pneumonia in Wuhan, China. Coronaviruses cause infectious diseases such as the common cold, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV). Since COVID-19 was not known in humans before 2019, many details regarding its transmission and clinical severity in humans (including morbidity and mortality) are still being studied.
Although this coronavirus outbreak originated in Wuhan, China, the virus has now spread to most parts of the world, and the number of known cases in Canada (and the City of Ottawa) is increasing daily. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic on 11 March, 2020. As a result, the Canadian government has taken steps to slow the transmission of the virus, including recommending the practice of self-isolation for at-risk individuals, as well as suggesting "social distancing" for everyone.
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